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Freshmen 
Connection: 

Let the games 
begin. . . 

Pg3 




Battle of 
the Sexes: 

Summer time 



June 6, 2007 



Natchitoches, Louisiana 



Volume 93 ^ — Issue 1 



www.currentsauce.com 



SODEXHO arrives early to 
start Iberville renovation 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

Nsr students can look forward to an Iberville cafeteria renovation 
and more dining options thanks to the new on-campus food service, 
50DEXHO. 

The food service moved in earlier than originally contracted due to 
an emergency order bj the university. 

The new food service contract will begin in August, but Jennifer 
Kelly, director of auxiliary services, said they came early to begin the $1 
million renovation to Iberville cafeteria. 

"It's not like Aramark left early (because their bid was not chosen). 
Aramark left so SODEXHO could come in," Kelly said. 

Everyone t bought it would be best for SODEXHO to be present for 
ill NSU classes and summer camps held on-campus, she explained. 

"Let them get used to NSC, and let's get all the kinks and bugs out 
Wore the fall rolls around and even thing gets crazy," Kelly said. 

Construction on Iberville will begin after Boys' and Girls' State in 
July, according to Hart Ncherer, the new general manager of SODEXHO 
food services at NSU. It should be completed by the fall. 

The cafeteria will be divided in half and work w ill be done one side 
at a time. The left side of Iberville will be worked on first, because the 
(•store w ill be moved there, Scherer said. 

Iberville will receive new carpet* more opeu space, high stool seating, 
and display cooking. Scherer described getting rid of the wall that 
ates the dining area from the serving. The goal is to open things 
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The colored squares that line the ceiling will lie gone from Iberville 
as well. 

Chic- file w ill also be enlarged to occupy more seating and the menu 
items will be the same, Scherer said. 

The overall menu w ill change for Il>erville and Vic's. Seasonal menus 
will keep the food and options fresher. SODEXHO is also moving to 
healthier choices with items that are 100% trans- fat free. 

"Our item selection is quite different from Aramark," Scherer said. 
"SODEXHO also offers regional menus that reflect the favorites of this 
area. Tilings like com beans, red beans and rice, crawfish... It will be 
more frequent." 

SODEXHO was chosen out of three other companies bidding for 
the N'Sl ' food service contract. A food contract committee, consisting of 
sewn NSU officials and three student representatives, chose SODEXHO 
after reviewing all of the companies. They read the proposals, met with 
representatives from the companies, and traveled to test the food and see 
bow the companies managed the on- campus dining at other universities. 

Members from the committee traveled to Nichols, University of 
Ijouisiana at Lafayette, Tulane and Loyola to investigate SODEXHO. 
They gave President Randall Webb their nomination of SODEXHO 
in March. Webb had the final choice and supported the committee's 
nomination 

"I gave (the committee) complete freedom to chose, and that's a scary 
thing for a president to do," Webb said. "I met with S( )1 >EXHO people, 
the president of Nichols and those who visited the other schools (where 
SODEXHO w as). We were all impressed by the overall reputation of the 
company." 



Greek life gets evaluated in the fall 



Lela Coker 

Staff Reporter 

The ((reek life Office in (be department of student activities and 
organizations is preparing for an assessment by a panel from the Call for 
Values and Congruence to take place in the fall. 

The panel, often referred to as the Franklin Square group, created a 
<et of standards for Greek organisations. The group created an assessment 
process to look at the overall vitality of the system The University of 
Lwisiana System is piloting the program. 

"They are looking for leadership development, student knowledge 
on national programs and risk management. The program is not geared 
Uward a certain group," Oliv ia Acosta, Greek adv iser said. 

From the NASI 'A website, as sample of Collegiate Greek Oommunirj 
Standards is -positively affecting intellectual development, instilling 
jn values of their organizations and their host institution, developing 
leadership skills and abilities, developing positive relationships and 



developing citizenship through services and outreach. 

The panel will review information about Northwestern before they 
come in the fall. The panel will conduct an on-site assessment for two 
to three days. The Greek Life office has prepared a packet to give to the 
panel. Thirty-nine students, faculty advisors and chapter advisors helped 
compile the information. 

"Before they come, they will get documents, hxik at the admission for 
the university, 11SO packets, interview faculty and staff and they will usp 
focus groups," Acosta said. 

Acosta said she hopes this will offer information on where we can 
improve. 

That is why you do an assessment, to get an outside prospective on 
how to do something lietter. They will provide documents to help our 
system grow." 

Results should take five weeks to receive after their visit 
Acosta said if individual Greek organizations see results from the 
assessment it will Ik 1 in '-JflOR 



Alarm system testing causes strange noises 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

The loud sounds projected across the 
rainpus are no cause for distress among students 
and summer campers. They are (he new alarm 
Utsls that are being tested to further enhance 
rainpus security. 

Robert Crew, executive assistant to the 
president, said the sound system is not new. 



Repairs were U€>eded to enhance the speakers. 

Experiments with the alarm system started 
the last week of the spring semester. Crew said 
they plan to have the sound system operable 
by the end of the summer. The tests only last 
about 10 minutes per day, sounding different 
loud noises to see which ones work. 

The speakers do have voice capability, 
and Crew said they hope to use them to wain 

students about emergencies. 



He said they could assign different sounds 
to different urgent situations like tornadoes or 
lock downs. 

There are a lot of possibilities," Crew said. 

Crew said that they are still in the testing 
phase. The next step is to measure how far the 
sound travels on campus. 

"if (students) heard some strange sounds 
it was just from the testing of that machine," 
< rew said. 



NSU Summer Sessions 







Three Week 
May 14- June 1 
June 4- June 22 
June 25- July 13 
July 16- August 3 

Six Week 
Mayl4- June 22 
June 25- August 3 

Eight Week 
June 4- July 27 

Nine Week 
June 4- August 3 

Twelve Week 
May 14- August 3 





Photo by Kera Simon/ The Current Sauce 

Iberville Cafeteria is scheduled for a renovation at the middle of 
July. The wall separating the dining and the serving areas will be 
gone. The facility will also receive new carpeting, paint, and seating 
arrangements. 

MLK Community 
Health Fair offers 
free health care 
information 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

A community health 

fail will be held at the a 
Martin Luther King (MI.K) <m 
recreation facility on Martin 
Luther King Drive on June 
14 to give the African- 
American community of 
Natchitoches a chance at 
free health care. 

The health fair will be 
held from 7:00 am. to ffcSO p.m. and is 
sponsored by the NSU department of 
health and human performance and 
the Natchitoches Parksand Recreation 
office. Tara Gallien, health fair 
director and assistant professor of 
health and human performance, said 
this is the first time the original NSU 
health fest has attempted to reach out 
to the community, 

Due to past evaluations (if NSC 
health fests, it became obvious that 
they were not reaching a large portion 
of the Natchitoches community, 
she said. The black community 
of Natchitoches counts for . r >4*» of 
the population. Gallien said the 
health fest located on the NSC 
campus was not reaching the low- 
income families either because they 
lacked transportation, or they felt 
unwelcome. 

The intent was to bring (the 
health fair) to a central location 
We should have been reaching more 
African- Americans for the NSC 
health fest, based on town statistics," 
Gallien said. 

The fair will include free health 
screenings. The cholesterol screening, 
which involves only a finger prick, 
will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 
1&30 p.in. and participants can walk 
away with the results. A 30 minute 
prostate cancer sem i nar vvi 1 1 !«■ taught 
by Gallien, develop! by a prostate 
cancer advocacy organization called 
the US TAX) program, starting at 
noon. A take- home colon cancer test 
will be available to those over the age 
of 40. Then- is also an opportunity to 
receive a free mammogram through 
the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Blood sugar testing, body mass 
index, blood pressure, height and 




"Our lives begin 
to end the day we 

become silent 
about the things 
that matter."- 
artin Luther 
^ King, Jr. 

weight, and heart disease risk 
assessment will also lie available free 
of charge at the health fair. Thirty- 
five to 40 venders w ill be in attendance 
giving away free information and 
items. 

Gallien said a health fair is needed 
for Natchitoches. Lmisiana was 
recently ranked 50th in the nation 
on overall health status, and has l>een 
consistently ranked at the bottom for 
almost two decades. What surprised 
Gallien the most was the huge 
difference that exists between racial, 
ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. 
She explained that white women are 
more likely to develop breast cancer, 
but black women an- more likely to 
die from it because they are often 
diagnosed at later stages. 

She said that another huge 
disparity is the death rate for 
diabetes. 

According to the Natchitoches 
Parish Health Profile, black men 
iu Louisiana have a death rate of 
73.4 compared to 34.6 for white men. 
Even worse, the rate for black women 
is 76,9 and "28.6 for white women. 

The hardest part is making sure 
people attend, to take the time out 
of their day and make their health a 
priority," Gallien said. 

"it's hard to get attendance without 
the backing of a hospital," she said. 
"Most people relate health to a hospital. 
I need to get iu better standings with 
the regional hospitals." 

( 'hurches are the main advertising 
agent for the event. They have also 
put up signs and put up flyers. 

The MLK Health I'esi will be 
held in the same facility as (he Boys 
and (iirls Club. They are hoping to 
reach the parents who drop off their 
children, (.allien said. 





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Kera Simon 
Editor-in-Chief 
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Construction of new resident hall begins in July 




Photo by Kera Simon/ The Current Sauce 

Rapides Hall is completely torn down and construction for the new living facility is 
scheduled for July. The University Place II should be completed by Fall 2008. 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

The newest phase <>f NSC housing is just beginning, 
and the estimated $17,000,000 new facility will be ready for 
Angus! of 800& 

The ground breaking for tl w project « ill be in early 

July, Jennifer Kelly, director of auxiliary sen ices, said. The 
new building is currently referred to as University Place II 
and will lie built where Rapides Hall once stood. 

University Place II will be different from the present 
University Place. Kelly said the main buildings of the new 
facility will be all built together, joined by a central atrium 
unlike University Place I that has three separate buildings. 
Another difference is double sinks for double occupied 
rooms. 

"(The two living facilities) will be very similar. They 
will look different f rom the outside bat contain many of the 
same interior necessities, Kelly sa id. 

Tlie :W4- bed, three story fad I i ty will be designed for si ogle 
and double occupancy. Each room will have a full) furnished 
bedroom, living room, a kitchenette with countertop, cabinets, 
mini- refrigerator and microwave oven. 

Landry equipment and a pool will be provided like in the 



first University Place. Kelly said Ibis new phase of housing 
should provide students with more options for living on 
campus. 

"University Place I has curbed student desire to move ofj 
campus because it is an affordable, modern stale of the art 
facility,'' she Said "However, there is still an unmet demand 
[or (his ty pe of housing. University Place 1 1 should meet the 
demand. 

Surveys were created bj an independent firm, Anderson 
Strickler, who does comprehensive studies for bighej 
education. They came in '.'(MX to prepare for University Plan 
I. Kelly said. The survey was then handed out by student 

workers in housing facilities and Friedman Student Union to 

update the results in spring of - 2(MMi. 

Kelly said the results from the surveys showed than 
students were tno\ ing off campus due to the age and condition 
of the traditional residence halls. Students also preferred 
more liv ing space and privacy. 

The new facility will be managed by the same company at 
University Place I and the University Columns apartments, 
Campus Living Villages, formerly known as Century. 

Bossier Hall was closed at the end of the spring '200i 
semester. Poozman, Sabine and Yarnado Halls will \« 
occupied as needed until University Place II is completed. 




2007-2008 NSU band drum 
majors are announced 



Courtesy of NSU News Bureau 

The Spirit of Northwestern Demon 
Marching Band has named its drum majors 
for i he 2007-3008 school year. 

This year's drum majors are Jessica 
Cain of Bossier City, Ty Lege-of Eratb and 

Allison Neely of 1 jOUgvieW, 'Texas. Cach are 
music education majors and in their fourth 
year as a baud member at Northwestern. 

Drum majors are the highest position 
of student leadership in the marching band. 
Drum majors conduct the band during pre 
game shows, half-time performances, in the 
stands during football games and lead the 
band in parades. They also assist in the 

teaching of marching fundamentals, show 

music and teaching drill. 

"Basically, thej arc assistant band 
directors, and since band directing is what 
they want to do, this is the per fed training 
ground foi them, "said Kevin G. liichardson, 
director of the Spirit of Northwestern 
Demon Marching Band. "They must 
be the definitive example of leadership, 
scholastic aptitude, musical achievement 
and marching ability." 



Drum major candidates audition for 
the directors. The auditions are open to 
the public and all Spirit of Northwestern 

members are encouraged to attend. Hand 
members complete a written evaluation of 
each candidate and the band directors make 
the final decision on the drum majors. 

"I thought this would be a good 

leadership opportunity for me since I am 

going into music education, said Neely, who 
was mellophone section leader last year. "I 
know its important as a drum major to 
learn to be flexible and patient with people. 
I want to help keep the band unified and 
have them maintain a positive attitude. 

Lege Said drum majors work closely 
with Richardson and Director of Bands 
Hill Brent. 

"YoTl have a lot of experience to draw 
from with Mr. Brent and Mr. Richardson, 
said I .cge. w ho w as assistant drum major last 
year. "I have ideas on what things we need 

to work on lor the band to improve We are 
going to do some things that arc different. 
Our second show is going be something that 
hasn't been done here l>efore. It will be a 
tw ist on what we haw done. 




Cain hopes to lead a 
collegiate marching band 
someday and plans to gain 
Valuable experience tlii> year. 

"Being a drum major gives 
you an idea of what it would 
be like to lead your own band 
It gives me an opportunity to 
learn how to handle things," 
she said. "It can be a tough 
position because you are the 
same age as everyone else and 
sometimes it is hard for your 
peeis to listen to you." 

Cain hopes to play 8 rob in 

drawing attention to the band photo courtesy of NSU Media Services 

and generating crowd support Thjs year>s dmm majors are (fmm |eft) Jessica Fajr)i Ty Le g e an d Allison Neely. 
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football 
team this fall. 

"I hope to incorporate some of my 
personality Into the position. Cm outgoing 
and that works well when you are out there 
living to promote spirit," said Fain. We 
want to help keep the crowd in the game and 
sii])jM)rting the team." 

!>>ge was the only one of the trio who 
came to Northwestern as a music education 



major. 

"I have a love of music," he said. "1 
knew this is what I wanted to go into, and it 
would give me an edge in my career. 

Neely was originally a pre-med major. 

"1 changed because I couldn't see myself 

doing anything else,* she said. "1 love music. 

I am always challenged and am Constantly 
learning something new. 



Cain also found music to be her career 
calling. 

"I was in nursing, but I was in it for Hie 
w long reason. I had to do something w here I 
was following my heart, said Cain. 

The 300- member Spirit of Northwest- 
ern Marching Baud will have its first field 
performance on Sept. I when the Demon] 
host I lenderson State. 



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Summer Campus Improvement Projects 

* Williamson Hall was shut down to be renovated. The construction will be completed in the fall of 

2008. " t'im TH 

* Replacement of on campus electrical systems design to be drafted soon. The majority of the system; 
are underground, so most students will not even be aware of the construction. 



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* West Caspari demolition and reconstruction to take place soon. 

* Fine Arts Building is in the process of being repainted and waterproofed to protect the building and 
improve the area. 

* Varnado is in the process of being repainted. This includes the exterior, as well as several interior 
rooms. 

* The Married Student Housing parking lot is being reworked. 

* There is an effort to improve the walking area along Chaplains Lake. 

* Major improvements to the air and heating systems in Kyser Hall are being consi 
most frequ€ntt$* reported problem to the maintenance staff. 

* Campus parking lots will be re-striped over the summer. 





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* The restrooms in Prather Colosseum will be renovate to meet ADA compliance. Prather is the main f R c lght :The 



concern for ADA compliance due to the large number of people who attend its' events. 



follies in fr 
up winning 






Photos by Chris Reich/ The Current Sauce 

Above: Lindsay Maggio and Monica Randazzo discuss with their group how to properly schedule college classes. 

Right: Incoming freshman, Jill Voster pops a balloon while participating in the water balloon toss during Freshmen Follies. 



FRESHMEN CONNECTION: 




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Photos by Chris Reich/ The Current Sauce 

Above: The rock behind A. A. Fredricks was painted to welcome 
the new students to NSU. 



Lela Coker 

Staff Reporter 

It was more than just fun and games at Freshman Follies. Incoming 
freshman who participated in the Freshman Connection program tasi 
Thursday and Friday were given the chance to familiarize themselves 
with the Northwestern campus, get their schedules and get answers to any 
questions they still had. 

we definitely sec a difference in our students that attend Freshman 
( onnecthm They are better prepared for the transition to college and our 
retention of students that attend those transitions programs is higher than 
a student thai doesn't," Keatha ( ox, director of student success and new 
student programs said. 

Freshman Connection is offered as a one or two day program though 
out the summer. The program helps students get a sneak peak at college 
life and ways to adjust The team of 18 Freshman Connectors are there 
every step of the was ,(l make sure incoming freshman are on the right, 
track. 

"Facilitating the group sessions was my favorite part of being a 
connector, because lgot to know the students individually," freshman 
( onncctor and junior business administration major, ( ortnev Cavanaugh, 
said. "I feel as those I helped to make male their transition to college 



The program averages around 1200 students each summer, w hich is 
equivalent to three-fourths or more of the freshman class. 

The program begins with a welcome to Northwestern including 
the Connectors performing their song and dance and several skits. The 
freshman are then split up into nine groups, each group is paired w ith two 
Connectors, who are current Nsi students. The Connectors go over NSU 
policies, curriculum and scheduling with the small groups. The freshman 
are given a campus tour complete with an l!S() expo and lenders' browse 
before they meet w ith their adv isors to make their schedules. 

"It s a positive experience for the students because fchej gel to meet the 
incoming freshman, people in their same major and people with the same 
interests. If they were just to come to campus, they would be lost, so at least 
this way thev have some information," Roderick Wilson, junior hospitality 
and management major and freshmen connector, said. 

The day comes to an end w ith Freshman Follies and other evening 
activities like a pool party, coffee bouse anil late night at the WUAC. 

Mj favorite part of follies was w ben the airplane flew over and 
dropped the ping balls. The evening activities are more relaxed and yives 
freshman another chance to meet their peers." Freshman Connector and 
junior rad-tech major Brittney Fink said. 

By the end of the session, freshman w ill leave w ith their schedule, 
student II). a few new friends and hopefully all their questions answered. 
The next Freshman Connection session in June 15. 




Photos by Chris Reich/ The Current Sauce 

Above: Melissa Hall paints freshmen Gillian Houg to prepare for the 
Freshman Follies on Thursday afternoon. 

Right: The gold group participates in the tug-of-war competition during 
ies in front of the NSU Middle Lab School. The yellow group ended 
up winning the overall competition. 





Day trips to 
area lakes 
equal fun 
summer 
excitement 



Lela Coker 

Staff Reporter 

Summer is the time to relax, 
have fun and gel a tan. One easy waj 
to <lo thai is making sine to spend 
plenty of days at the Lake. 

With so many lakes arc in day 
trip distance from Natchitoches there 
is no reason not to go. Lake O the 
Pines is two hours away in Jefferson, 
TX and Indian ( reek is 15 minutes 
awaj in Woodworth 

Lake O' the Pines, in Northeast 
Texas, is tilled with bass, catfish and 
erappie. Visitors can reni pontoon 
boats, part} boats and jet skis from 
the marinas. There arc also several 
businesses on the lake to provide 
any last minutes needs stieh as iee, 
drinks, snacks, gas and bait. 

Enjoj fishing, boating, skiing 

and tubing at the lake. There arc 
also swimming areas, picnic areas 
and playgrounds, 

"The fishing is really good at 
Lake 0' the Pines," junior business 
major Marcus Ferguson said. It is a 
good lake to ride around in the boat 
or on I he jet skis and ski or tube. Its 
also a good place to camp. 

Lake ()' the Tines also lias 
four Camp at one of lour I S Army 
Corp of Engineer Parks for camping 
including Johnson Creek Park, 
Brushy ( reek Park, Alley Creek and 
Buckhorn Johnson ( reek Park and 
Brush} ( reck Tark are open year 
round. Moth campgrounds provide 
rest rooms, showersand campsites for 
l!Y camping or tent camping. Water 
and electricity are available, 

II venturing off to I .ake ()' the 
Tines makes reservations to stay the 
night at one of the campgrounds. 
Outside grills are provided for 
ciKiking, whether it is hotdogs, 
hamburgers or s mores. Word to the 
wise: bring the mosquito spray. 

Indian (reek is located 
in Woodworth, minutes from 
Alexandria. It provides a place to 
fish, SWim, ski. tube, or ride around 
in a boat and enjoy lieing outside. 

"My family and I go to Indian 
( reek during the summer, junior 
BMT major Whitney Cillingim 
said. "We ski, tube and wake board. 
I like it because it s not very crowded 
so people don j get in your way. 

Indian (reek Recreational 
Area offers campsites with water 
and electricity, great for TV and 
tent camping alike. There are also 
swimming beaches, a bathhouse, 
and many picnic sites. Facilities are 
on a first come, first serve basis. A 
pavilion is also available and can be 
reserved. Indian ( reek Biking Trail, 
a 2.5 mile trail, is near to the area. 

Claiborne Multi-Use Trail is 
six miles away from the recreational 
area and offers HH miles of trails for 
walking, hiking, biking, horseback 
riding, and four- wheeling. 

A shooting range and fish 
hatcher] arc other activities lo lake 
advantage of. 



Students earn credit by traveling in Europe 




Photos submitted by Bonnie Haymon 

Top: (left to right) Jillian Talbat. Ingrid Bray, Bonnie Haymon and Jennifer Burk take a lake 
cruise in Lucrene Switzerland. 

Right: Students and others can go on a European trip through NSU. All but one of the 
Switzerland travelers pose in front of a medieval fortress called the Chateau de Chillon near 
Montreaux. 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

\si students can travel all over 
the world to learn about different 
cultures. It was Western Europe ill 
May. The next stop is Costa Rica at 
the end of June, 

"\Yc do some very different 
things because were Hospitality 
Management," Lynn Woods, 
associate professor of family and 
consumer science, said. 

Woods schedules international 
trips with EL Educational Tours 
ever) summer. Participants in the 
tour cah get school credit for the dip 
by enrolling in International Study 
Tour, EDIT 3160, in the spring. 

The class is open to all majors, 
not just hospitality management. 
The onlj requirements include a 
sophomore standing and IIMT KMM) 
or the consent of the instructor, as 
slated in the University Catalog. 
Students are not given their final 



grade tor the class until after the 
trip. 

An advantage for a student 
enrolled in the class is that they can 
use their financial aid to help pay 
for the international trip, Woods 
said. 

The class was held twice a week 
and lasted until just past B-term 
The students learned about the 
culture, history, and geography of 
W estern Europe. They were tested 
on the trips itinerary, educational 
inov ies and the spelling of the towns 
and locations. Students were also 

taught different packing techniques, 
since thej were only allowed one 
carry-on sized suitcase, Ingrid Bray, 
a senior hospitality management 
major, said. 

The two- week international trip 
took the group of 23 to Switzerland. 
France and Belgium. 

Bra) said the lri|icosls included 

about $2,600 to the travel company 
expenses, plus the S(MI application 




fee, SIP.' for a passport and personal 

spending money. 

Braj said the group had a 
personal motor coach that drove 
them from town to town. They took 
walking tours of the cities and stayed 
ill different hotels. They learned 
about wine, chocolate, architecture 
and history. 

"Every city has its ow n history, 
she said. "Then 1 was something to 
leam everyw here we went, 

Braj said she noticed major 
differences between American and 

European culture. 

"1 learned that Americans are 
really lazy," she laughs. "There an- 
no air conditioners and elevators 
in most of Europe. People are also 
cleaner in Europe. They take pride 
in where thej live. 

The lifestyle pace in Europe 



was much slower than in America, 
Braj noticed it immediately. 

"As Americans we are always 
in a rush, but Europeans are much 
more relaxed," she said. Thej take 
re time for themselves." 

The trip exposed students and 
the other participants to a foreign 
lifestyle that could have never la-en 
fully understood by reading a text 
hook, Bray said. 

A graduating senior cannot 
enroll in the class for the spring, but 
they can still goon the trip. Bonnie 
Haymon, NSU alumna, graduated 
this past spring and paid her own 
way through Europe. She said she 
learned about the Western Europe 
trip through a student messenger e- 
mail and chose to travel with NSC 
because it was ehea|>er to travel in a 
group. 

"The travel company does 



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"The company paid for two meals per 
day... We saw something different 
everyday.' 

The trip is open to the public 
as well. Haymon said there wen- 
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of students who attended the trip. Alexandria. 
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The Costa Rica trip is very The Board) 

different front the Switzerland trip. 

Students will be taking Spanish 
classes in the morning, Monday 
through Friday, while there. The ■ 
E students will Ik- living with host 
families, not hotels. They will lie in 
small villages the first week, and 
then in the rain forest the next week. 
The summer class is called Cultural 
Ecotouxism Study, 1IM 4200, and is 
scheduled for June 2d to -Inly 1*1. 



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Pioneer women struggles brought to life in "Quilters" 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

NSC Theatre presents a 
musical about women's struggle 
and heartache during the pioneer's 

Westen vement in "Quilters. 

The performances arc 
scheduled for .lime 20-23 and June 
'J7-:M> in Theatre West. Desserts by 
SODEXHO will be served at V.M) 
p.m. and the show w ill start at H:00 
p.m. 

Director and assistant professor 
of creative and performing arts. 
Barry Stoneking, said the storj 
addresses many women issues 
including childbirth, abortion, 
adolescence and death. 

"Quilters" is an ensemble 
musical, meaning there are many 
different characters. It does not 
follow a linear plot, rather jumps 
from story to story and character to 
character. 

"It's not an easy piece to 
accomplish,' Stoneking said. Its 
very challenging musically and 
acting w ise." 

The seven women cast consists of 
Blair Pouician, Tracena Collongum 




Alice Tick. Rebecca Russell, Annie 
(iaarder, Kyle Accord and Kosalwi 

Hawkins. Each actress, except 
one, plays about 10- lit different 
characters. One actress plays the 



most consistent character throughout 
the whole play, Sarah who is the 
matriarch and main narrator of 
Quilters. 

(You) might not have a bunch 
of lines (in one scene)," K\ le Accord, 



senior theater major, said, "but yon 

are expected to have a fully developed 
character." 

The actresses must change their 
voice, gestures and costume in order 
to adjust from scene to scene. They 
also researched women from that 
time period in order to create more 
realistic characters. 

"It s a BtoiJ about strong women 
who endured a lot on their own," 
Accord said. "They didn't have many 
outlets for their frustration and 
heartache." 

Accord said through their 
research, those in the play learned 
that quilting was the only way 
the pioneer women could express 
themselves. 

Alee Peck, junior theater major, 
said each square represented a 
different part in their lives. Even 
the stitching represented something 
specific to the women who made 
them. 

The east w ill meet w it h the Cane 
River QuilteiS next week to learn 
more about the power of quilting. 
Quilts created by the Cane River 
Quilters will be displayed in the 
lobby of Theatre West and a silent 



auction will take place for even 
performance with the winners 
announced on June 30. 

"It's going to be very good for 
Natchitoches," Peck said. "It will 
really open their eves. 

Teck said Natchitoches 
residents would really enjoy it 
because of the music. Although it 
is mostly a drama, there are very 
humorous songs to really entertain 
the audience. 

The music director, Michael 
Itorex, gave a church-like feel to 
the songs by making them similar to 
familiar hymns. Teck said there arc 
also a lot of accapella renditions and 
harmonizing involved in the songs. 

The cut i re show lasts about, a half 
and hour, plus a short intermission 
Tickets are free to NSI ' students and 
$lf> for general admissions. 

It is not appropriate for very 
small children, although educational 
for middle school and high school 

age. 

Othcrsuinnier I heat re productions 
tire "Murdered by the Mob!" on July 
2i> 28 and August 1-1, H II, and 
the children's play Go .lump in the 

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Students use NSU for summer job placement within major 



Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 

Approximately 300 students are 
currently seeking (and finding) employment 
with a little help from the NSU Job Location 
and Development Program. 

The program was established eight years 
ago to aid students in finding jobs during 
the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Job 
location and development officer Ashley 
Corbin has been in charge of the program 
since June 2006. 

The program is not only a free service 
offered to the students, but an efficient way 
to tie the community in with the university, 



Corbin said. 

"I go out into the community, and go 
from business to business," Corbin said. 

At the NSU Center for Counseling & 
Career Services, located in room 305 of the 
Student Union, Corbin also sits down with 
students to help them build up their resume- 
writing and interview etiquette skills. 

Some of the students who participated 
in the program this summer are currently 
baby sitting, holding jobs at clothing 
stores, working at restaurants, helping 
out at church nurseries, and tutoring other 
students, Corbin said. 

Students can also use this program to 
find jobs that correlate with their major. 



"Sometimes the employers say, '1 have 
an accounting position that's an entry- 
level position, great for a student who's 
an accounting major who wants some 
experience.' I will send it to everyone in the 
program, but 1 will put in that job posting: 
'Would prefer an accounting major.' 
Everybody gets the chance to apply for it," 
Corbin said. 

Students must fill out an application, a 
resume, and a reference page to participate 
in the program. 

The student must be enrolled in at 
least six hours of classes and have a 2.0 
cumulative GPA. The student must also 
have earned a 2.0 GPA during the previous 



semester. 

When students apply for the Job 
Location and Development Program, their 
grades are checked immediately. If they 
meet the necessary requirements, they are 
added to an e-mail list. 

Corbin sends out e-mail notices to the 
nsula.edu e-mails of students on the list. 
Each e-mail contains a description of an 
available job, the location of the business, 
the necessary qualifications, the hours, and 
the wage. 

"You don't have to have any experience 
at work; you can come and do this program 
without ever having held a job," Corbin 
said. 



"If you don't work during the school 
year, you definitely need to have a summer 
job. You can't get a real job if you don't 
have references," said junior psychology 
major Bryant Weldon, who works full-time 
as a janitor and office assistant at a business 
in his hometown of Lake Charles. 

"People will look at your applications 
and they'll be like, 'Well, this guy has 
absolutely no experience doing anything. 
He didn't take on responsibility or make a 
little money for himself, or show that he's 
capable of holding his own in any way, 
he said. 

Each job pays no less than minimum 
wage. 




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pinions 



Chris Watts 
Opinions Editor 
cwattts002@student.nsula.edu 

June 6, 2007 




Chris Reich 

Photographer 

or guys, i he summer is a 
nnderful time. We don t have an] 
fcool work to worry about, we can 
lust do what we want to do, get a good 
nli and make decent money, and, 
post importantly, bikinis 

For some finvs though, bikinis 

■an be scary. Basically, tat ems 

like me don I want to hang out h\ 

■ pool First oi l, we would just be 
fere watching, not swimming. That 
an mean some creepy looks from the 
Mini-clad women. And secondly, 
f we did go swimming, we would 
pare the women off. So we are stuck, 

fetching the bikini-clad women mi 

ITV, when my Super Sweet Sixteen 
iLaguna Beach or some cither non 
misic related show is on. 

In this town alone, catching 

film is a great thine to do. With 
pnsformers, Fantastic I. Harry 

'utter and other big blockbusters left 

■ come out, it is a great way to fill a 
n hours. There is also the alligator 
inn, which I still find a lot of fun. 
l< a guy, watching alligators feed 
p never get old, especially when 
beriencing it in person. 

What about outside this town 
bough? Well, there is the zoo in 
fexandria. It's about an hour away 
mil inexpensive so it offsets the cost 
if fuel to get there. There is also all 
li 1 shopping in Shreveport Bossier, 
le Boardwalk can l>c an entire 





Perspectives on 'Summer Vacations' 



weekend trip for the guy and his 
girlfriend. For the gtrj there are all 
the shops and for the guy, there are 
a few shops like Bass Pro Shop, hut 
most importantly there is the arcade. 

"To every guy, 
summer can be 
different things. But it 
is one thing for sure, 
a good excuse to not 
have to do anything at 
all. " 

Chris Reich 

Every guj enjoys an arcade game. 

One thing that most guys do 
during the summer is be responsible. 
Yes, 1 know the guy will still spend 
a good amount of time drinking 
and partying, but I'm talking about 
getting a job. With no class, no 
assignments or busy work to worry 



about, we can focus on getting a good 
job to pay for our drinking, partying 
and maybe even something cool, like 
a W ii. And, maybe a little something 
for the coming school year. 

1 don't know how some guys can 
do this, but some will actually go on 
vacation. Usuftllj it is just a beach or 
someplace like that (mainly where 
the girls go). I have trouble just being 
able to buy groceries, leant imagine 
how they are actually able to afford 
one, but more power to them. 

Mill a select few do get to go OH 

vacation, soita. They get to go on 
their internship during the summer. 
A chance to experience what the) 
think they want to do with the rest 
of their life, and potentially change 
their minds after actually working. 
But, this "vacation also has the 
potential to be one of their best moves 
as far as a career goes. Getting to 
meet potential referrals and maybe 
even a job offer. 

To every guy, summer can be 
different things, lint it is one thing 
for sure, a good excuse to not have to 
do anything at ail. 



_L ut down your pencils, burn 
your books if you must. No more 
homework. Forget eight o' clock 
(dasses. Your day now starts at 
noon. 

Ladies, it's time for summer! 
rime fur flip-flops, bikinis, and UV 
rays. Time for shopping and staying 
out late, which leads to sleeping in 
late, you know the drill. 

Oh yeah, and then there's those 
dreaded summer jobs that most of us 
have to get, but someone has to pay 
for those shopping sprees. 

Be sure to take some time off, 
though. It is summer break. So, 
take a break. It's what you've been 
waiting for since August. Besides, 
after that grueling school year, you 
deserve it, right? Pack your beach 
bag, and load up the car. Take a road 
trip to the beach 

Don! forget to pack the 
essentials: your sunblock or tanning 
lotion, your bathing suit and beach 
towels, and you've got to have plenty 
of CDs for the trip, complete with 
all those songs you loved iu middle 
school. Don't act like you don't 



remember all the words. Go ahead; 
belt them out with all of your closest 
girlfriends, because they know the 
words, too, no matter w hat they say. 

And don't let the l>oys have all 
the fun. Get out on that wake board 
and those jet skis and show them 
how it's done. 

Or if you don't want to use all 
that gas on a ro<id trip, have a pool 
party instead. All you really want 
to do is lay out aud talk with your 

"Ladies, it s time for 
summer! Time for flip- 
flops, bikinis, 
and UV rays. It's 
a summer break, 
so take a break. 

Leigh Gentry 



friends anyway. Why not do it for 
free at a friend's pool? 

I jet's not forget about the fain i I y. 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

especially if you've been away at 
school You're home for the summer, 
so be home. Go to the ballpark and 
support your younger siblings from 
the bleachers; better yet, get out there 
and practice with them, because 
whether or not they admit it, they've 
missed you. Get some naehos; those 
calories don't count. 

Catch up on some reading— or 
movies for those of you who hate 
to lead. Actually, catch up on 
everything from all the hometown 
gossip to that workout schedule you 
planned but never started. 

See the world. Now's the time 
for a vacation, something a little 
bigger than a road trip. Sleep in a 
bed you don't have to make and in a 
room you don't have to clean. Leave 
your job at home along with all those 
other pesky responsibilities for just 
a little w hile. That's w hat summer's 
all about, right? 

Need some suggestions to get 
you started? Go to Costa Rica and 
watch sea turtles or learn how to 
salsa dance, even if you have to do 
a little homework along with all the 
fun stuff. Or go on a mission trip 
to Honduras and help some people 
out Those are just my plans for the 
summer. 

(Jo wherever you want, but 
experience something new because 
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Find your hidden treasure 
while bored in Natchitoches 




Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

While I thought summers in my 
nmHown in Southwest Louisiana 
he boring, Natch i tot lies has offered 
Efferent type of boredom. It's just 
bough to get me by in my day-to-day, 
ul still leaves me wanting more... 

I iii from Kaplan, Louisiana 
is a city that consists of a bunch 
bouses. We have a McDonalds, 
Pigglj Wigglv ,a CVS and tWO 
top lights. I lived II miles North 
if Kaplan, so my surroundings 
iluded a gravel road, soybean 
fields and cows. To participate 
nv kind of social activity, one 
kded to drive to Lafayette or smoke 
u unmentionables down a deserted 
owl... 

Then I moved to Natchitoches. 
Ithe naive age of IN I thought, "All 
pit! I in right in the middle of two 
fc cities, so I should have plenty to 
That thought remained the same 



until the price of gas hit $>•'! gallon. 

So, while I in stuck in the Bed 
and Breakfast capital of the nation, 
I decided to find what kind of hidden 
treasures surround me. I must admit 
that tnj journej was not as exciting 
or long as I dreamed, but I did find 
a few. Here are my guidelines to an 
enjoyable summer in Natchitoches. 

L Find someone with a boat. 
( lane River offers many social activity 
opportunities. I n other words, pile a 
bunch of your friends on a boat and 
see what happens. Knee boarding, 
tubing, wake boarding, or just good- 
old shooting the shit on a boat can 
take up days of your summer. 

3. Watt dow n Front Street and 
see w hat you find. 1 must admit that 
during school- I avoid Front Street 
like the plague. The traffic was 
always bad and shops are full of old 
people. While the senior citizens 
are still around, the traffic is much 
easier to handle. I also Learned not 
to take the seniors for granted. The 
ones that visit Natchitoches are 
feisty. They may know more about 
the town than you do. 

X Don't just stick to Wal- 
Mart and Stage for clothes. Try 
to branch out. A brisk walk down 
Front Street lead me to Brenda s and 
Covered Boutique. While the prices 



are higher than most college kid's 
budgets, a girl could definitely find a 
defining piece of clothing that would 
stond out in their wardrobe. Also, 
let's not forget GoodWilL Don't 
be afraid of the second-hand shop. 
Where else can you find Express 
Jeans for $5? 

4. Check out a movie. Flash 
your student I.I), at Parkway Cinema, 
every night for a student discount 
($5.50 instead of $(i.50). With the 
new stadium seating, you can lift 
the armrest and cuddle with your 
hunny-bunny, or throw pop corn 
at the lower rows. Not interested 
in a kid movie or watching a big- 
shot movie two weeks after it was 
originally released? Check out the 
Blockbuster, When 1 first walked 
into the Blockbusterin Natchitoches; 
I was like, "HEAVEN!!" I prefer 
to browse the drama aisles. While 
the new releases are fun, 1 like to 
catch some of the older movies from 
time to time... Star Wars marathon, 
anyone? 

While summers in Natchitoches 
ma\ not be uber-exciting, it becomes 
w hat you make of it. 

So if you decide to stay home 
and rot, bo my guest. 1 w ill continue 
my search for Natchitoches hidden 

treasures. 




Iblic 




Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

This is my first summer in 
Natchitoches since leaving for New 
Orleans in ;2(KW, and for lack of a 
better idea fora column at the moment 
(meeting deadlines is sometimes 
like running in to people from high 
school you never particularly cared 
for at the mall or Wal-Mart; you 
usually try to avoid them, but every 
now and then they sneak up on you 
and you're left in an awkward state 
of panic with nothing to say), I 
find it necessary, for education aud 
entertainments sake, to reflect back 
on my first Natchitoches summer. 

Two high school friends and 1 
began renting a house across from 
the University on Behan Street in 
the summer of 2001. Back then, not 
too many people we associated with 
took their education very seriously; 
much less involved themselves with 
summer ( lasses. Little did we know, 
three incoming freshman with little 
regard for our belongings or the 
house we rented, were nothing more 
than injured gazelles in the eyes 
of savage upperclassman- seasoned 
Natchitoches veterans who needed a 
place they could part} at and destroy 
with no worries or consequences, 

By the time the fall semester 
rolled around, we had m;ide names 
for ourselves, particularly with the 
Natchitoches Police Department, 



waged war on our landlord across 
the street, and forced one of our 
roommates to move out Our 
landlord, a miserable htig somewhere 
in her 80s, owned just about every 
house on the block. She spent her 
days rummaging through people's 
houses and mail when they weren't 
home and her nights on her trout 
porch swing, sometimes until three 
and four in the morning, spying on 
us and leaving nasty messages on our 
answering machine (we didn't have 
cell phones then). 

On some nights, she would 
launch attacks on the home front 
When she grew tired of leaving 
answering machine messages, 
she would cross the street in bold 
attempts to end our partying with her 
obnoxious door banging. Luckily, 
we had a counter- .attack strategy for 
these code red situations: Cut the 
power off and let her in. Her decrepit 
eyes were too far gone to see us in the 
black of night, and we would lead her 
on wild chases from room to room, 
pushing furniture over the doors and 
trapping her inside the house while 
we escaped out the back 

My best friend and I were also 
at ends with the third roommate by 
this time. Despite constant surprise 
barrages with bottle rockets and 
roiuan candles, sleeping in fiberglass 
insulation coated bedsheets, and 
even blowing his l>edroom door 
to splinters with the shotgun, he 
refused to leave. It wasn't until he 
was whacked upside the head with 
a metal spoon and knocked off his 
bar stool in a drunken stupor that he 
decided to pack his bags. Sometimes, 



public humiliation goes a long way. 
It probably goes without being said, 
but we were forced to evacuate the 
premises shortly after our roommate 
moved away. 

A lot has changed since the 
summer of 3001. 1 live by myself now, 
and I'm currently in good standings 
with my landlord (until she finds 
out about the broken banister), and 
I'm kicking myself iu the ass for not 
taking summer classes when 1 hud 
the chance. Northweetern's policies 
have also changed. Through selective 
admissions and heavily enforced 
ou-campus housing regulations, 
Northwestern has taken the next 
step in weeding out ]K>tcntial bad 
seeds, tuid the effects are evident. 
Bars don't get the business they 
used to. Fraternities are using high 
UP As for rush tools and it's actually 
working. Drug use has apparently 

gone down and fights don t break 
out. at the slip of a tongue anymore. 
Northwestern has made it (dear that 
there is no room for troublemakers 
at t he University, and that then' may 
yet be hope for a once doomed and 
stagnant future in Natchitoches, 

The summer of 2001 was a 
very special time to bo a part of in 
Natchitoches. It taught me several 
important life lessons during a 
fundamental stage in my early 
adult development Making a name 
for yourself with the Natchitoches 
Police department is never a good 
thing. Never let them figure out 
the car you drive or the house you 
live in. Also, there is no domestic 
dispute that a well-stocked arsenal 
of firepower can't solve. 



the CURRENT SAUCE 

Kera Simon Chris Watts 

Editor-in-Chief Opinions Editor 


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Track finishes year with two attending Nationals 




Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

With regions under its belt, the NSU indoor 
track team is sprinting towards nationals with 
three main outstanding members. 

Out of the 11 NSU students to compete in 
the NCAA Mid-East Begionals in Colombia, 
Missouri, iin Maj 95-26, onlj three placed within 
the top ten in their competitions. 

Two time All- American Cody Fillinich 
took third place in the javelin competition, 
automatically qualifying him within the top five 
spots for nationals. Samuel Norton placed ninth 
in the same competition. 

"( odv's headed for nationals and has a 
chance to be an All-, American for the third 
straight year, and that's not something we 
take for granted ever," said track bead coach 
Leon Johnson. "We are excited about that. 
This was a great field and unfortunately 



Photos courtesy of Sports 
Information 

Right: Ravyn Hayward 
sprints during a track meet. 
He received an at-large 
invitation to compete in the 
NCAA Outdoor Track and 
Field Championship. 

Left: Two time All-American 
Cody Fillinich participates in 
a javelin throw. He quali- 
fied for Nationals by placing 
third at the NCAA Mid-East 
Regional meet. 



the weather was a factor, but Cody, and Samuel, 
rose to the challenge. We are real proud of Samuel 
for finishing ninth in this region." 

NSC sprinter and All-American Ravyn 
Hayward placed 10"' and did not advance to the 
final eight sprints at the regional completion to 
qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and f ield 
Championships in Sacramento, California. 
However, his best marks were fast enough to earn 
him an at-large invitation to compete in the KM) 
and 200 meter dashes. 

Hayward ranks 11th among the field with 
his seasons best 10.29. <>nl\ eight competitors 
have topped his career best \().'l~> run last year at 



the Texas Relays. 

The national track and field completi 
begins today. Cillinich is among a tightly- packi 
group of nine javelin throwers within reach of 
national title. There's only six feet ltotwccu t 
nation's top throw and the No. !) mark this ye 
(Fillinch ranks seventh at 237-2, his e 

This is I la\ ward's first time qua! 
'200 meter, ranking 90th among £4 sprinters wit 
his 30.79 time. Thursday's 200 meter preliminarii 
will send IK of the 24 to the semifinals later tin 
evening, w tth the top nine advancing hi Saturd 
final. 



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finishes 
with less 
wins 

Lauren Sciba 

Staff Writer 

The NSC baseball team wrapped 
up its season May 19 with a win 
against the University of Central 
Arkansas, 0-4. Despite the strong 
finish to the year, the Demons did 
not qualify to participate in the 
Southland Conference tournament, 
eliding a 14- year streak of competing 
iti the tourney. Demon baseball, in 
spite of elimination, still hosted the 
SLC tournament, which began May 
23 at NSC's Brown-Stroud Field. 

The season was not far from 
typical for Demon baseball with 
a winning record of 16-14 in 

conference play; however, their 25-28 

overall record was uncharacteristic 
compared to last year's 32-28 mark. 

Two of NSl 's players were 
recognized for their outstanding 
ability throughout the season. NSC 
Junior Brandon Kichev was named 
to the First Team All- Southland 
Conference baseball squad, making 
him the top shortstop in the league. 
Etichey, who hails from Sour Lake, 




Photo courtesy of Sports Information 

Brandon Richey pitches at the season's last game against Uni- 
versity of Central Arkansas. 



Leslie Lambert receives scholarship 



Courtesy of Sports 
Information 

Northwestern Shite track and 
cross country competitor ix>slie 
Lambert has won the prestigious 
F.L. McDonald |>ostgraduate 
scholarship presented by the 
Southland Conference: The award 
is presented annually to the female 
senior student-student athlete who 
finished her undergraduate career 
with the highest grade point average 
among applicants from the SLC's 12 
member institutions. 

Lambert, a Covington native 
who was a 200< suiuma cum laude 
graduate of Northwestern, compiled a 
3.902 cumulative grade point average 
in biology. Lambert made the NLC 
Commissioner's Monor Roll every 
semester in her career, recording a 
perfect 4.0 average in six of her eight 
semesters. She made the NSC Dean s 



List or President's list every semester. 
Lambert twiceascorerforNSl ' at the 
SIjC Indoor Championships, plans to 
attend dental school to continue her 
education. 

It's the second 
time in three years an 
NSC wpmens track 
and field competitor 
has claimed the 
scholarship award. 
Pole vaulter Angel 
Villa of Mossier ( ity 
won in 2005. 

"We have heen 
tremendously proud 
of Leslie for her 
accomplishments as 
a student- athlete," 
said NSC director 
Of athletics Greg 
TOT) exciting to see 

postgraduate scholarship to help 
her along the path to realizing her 




academic and career goals. 

The Southland Conferei 

graduate scholarship was establish 
in memory of F.L McDonald, tl 
former president 
Lamar Cui versa 
and 1999 Hall I 
Honor induct!; 
Dr. McDorJ 



served as Laniaf 
president in 191 
w hen t he South lata 

Conference «| 

established, and I 

considered one M 

Conference. . ,., . 

Chris Watts 



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Texas, finished the season with a 
.'Mi't batting average, the top hitter 
in Demon baseball He also led the 
team w ith 32 runs hatted in, IK stolen 
bases and 73 hits. 

Sophomore Jimmy Heard 
received recognition as well. The 
pitcher from Bossier Citj earned a 
spot on the honorable mention squad 
by leading the team with a winning 
record of 7-6. Heard ranked 7"' in 
the SIjC league with 100.2 innings 



pitched and a 4,!)2 earned run average 
to go with his 71 strikeouts and 31 
walks in the season. 

Demon baseball coach, Mitch 
Caspard, along with Demon baseball 
players and other staff will host the 
All- Star Camp this summer. The 
camp is for children ranging from 
elemental) to high school. Players 
and coaches will impart their 
knowledge and skill of baseball to 
campers in sessions June 4-19. 



Softball highlights 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

Despite a strong finish, the 
Northwestern Stale l.ad\ Demons 
failed to qualify for the Southland 
Conference Tournament, The Ladies 
won < of their last 10, including a 
sweep of Centenary in Shrcvejtort, a 
sweep of conference rival Stephen F. 
Austin and taking 2 out of three from 
Sam I [ouston Stale on the road. 

The Lady l> on*8 streak of 10 

straightSljCtournainentappoarances 
came to a screeching halt, despite 
knocking off the Lidy Bearkats on 
their home field, which incidentally 

was the sight of theSLt ' tournament 

The Lady Demon's failure to reach 
the tournament marks the first time 



in the history of the conference a 
team with a winning record didn't 
make the 8 team field. 

"We didn't put games awaj early 

in the season that we needed to and 
that hurt us in the long run, said 
head coach Becky McMurtry. 

Amanda Glenn and Amanda 
Jameson earned All-SLC honors at 
seasons end. Glen, a senior pitcher 
and Designated Hitter from dry 
Prong, earned third team honors for 
her efforts for the second straight 
season. 

Glenn posted an IK- 1 i record as 

a pitcher, including a 14- 8 conference 
record. She is the only pitcher in 
school history to post 3 straight '.MM) 
strikeout seasons after posting 210 in 
07. 



She also swung the bats well, 
putting up 12 home runs while 
adding 44 RBI and a .455 on base 
percentage, both good enough for 
third in the conference. Her .305 
hatting and 10 doubles helped hex to 
the honor. She scored :i7 runs, good 
for sixth in the conference 

Jameson another third team 
selection was the only non-senior at 
the top of the batting order at clean 
up while starting all season at first 
base. She led the team with .308 
batting average. 

The Burleson. Texas native had 
a .453 slugging percentage and was 
second best on the team behind Glenn 
in RBI at 34 That number gave her 
the most RBI of any freshman in the 
conference. 



Demon Athletic Camps 



June _ ■ 

4-6, 11-13,17-19: Baseball Hitting Intensity 
8-9: Men Basketball Parent/Child 
9: Softball Offensive and Defensive 
10: Softball Pitching and Catching 
1 5: Football Junior/ Senior Prospect Development 
1 6: Softball Team 

23: Football 7 on 7 Passing Skills Tournament 
24-27: Lady Basketball Individual 
27: Baseball High School Showcase 
27-29: Lady Basketball Position 



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Dodd Hall to be renovated in fall 




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Kera Simon/ The Current Sauce 

This digital drawing of the proposed post-renovated Williamson Hall was created by the contract- 
ed architect, Richard Leblanc. The roof will be sloped, and the bricks will be redone. The entry 
way of the building will be extended. The renovation is said to be completed by Fall 2008. 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

The Office of Electronic and 
Continuing Education (ECE) and 
the Department of Engineering 
Technology moved their offices, 
classrooms and labs to Dodd Hall 
so Williamson Hall could receive 
a complete renovation funded by 
the state. 

Physical Plan Director Chris 
Sampite Williamson Hall was the 
oldest academic building on cam- 
pus that had the most need for im- 
provements. It was built in 1958 
and did not receive any renova- 
tions since its construction. 

Sampite described the facility 
as needing new elevators, a central 
air-cooling and heating system 
instead of window units, bigger 
bathrooms, and a redone exterior. 
He said the renovation will be 
completed by Fall 2008. 

"There were even bricks falling 
off (the outside of the building) 
in some places," Thomas Hall, di- 
rector of engineering technology, 
said. 

Hall said the Williamson Hall 



renovation came as no surprise to 
the faculty since the request had 
been on the list to the University 
of Louisiana System for 1 5 years. 

Hall described the renova- 
tion to Williamson as providing a 
"completely updated facility." He 
said the Department of Engineer- 
ing Technology would receive new 
projectors, computers, a wiring 
update, more electrical sockets, 
and an overhead door where the 
green house was to bring large 
equipment out of storage and into 
the facility. 

The construction was said to 
begin by mid to late September. 
Sampite said the construction site 
will be fenced off and the excess 
lumber and equipment will spill 
into the commuter parking lot be- 
hind the building. 

"It shouldn't cause a parking 
problem because now the students 
of Williamson will be parking near 
Dodd," Sampite said. 

The move began at the end of 
April and took two to three weeks. 
They started by moving office 
equipment, desks, and TVs. The 
large equipment was moved to 



Dodd Hall after the spring semes- 
ter ended. 

Sampite said he wished he 
could have done more to improve 
Dodd Hall before the switch, but 
things ended up working well. 

Hall described problems 
with water leaking and "old and 
grumpy" AC units, but he said it is 
not bad for a temporary arrange- 
ment. He predicted they will be 
staying in Dodd Hall longer than 
officials have estimated. 

"I suspect we'll be here for two 
years (instead of one)," Hall said. 
"Technically it can be finished in 
a year with no delays, but that 
doesn't happen. Delays like the 
weather and contract issues hap- 
pen all the time with construc- 
tion.. . We are prepared to stay for 
two years." 

The ECE is in the North Hall, 
and the department of Electronic 
Technology is in the South Hall 
of Dodd. There are two fully fur- 
nished computer labs in the facil- 
ity. 

The ECE will not be moving 
into the renovated Williamson 
Hall. It will stay in Dodd Hall. 



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Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



A new pay raise for Northwest- 
trn State University Police officers, 
which went into effect last month, 
expected to help retain officers 
for the University Police. 

According to University Police 
Chid Rickie Williams, the raise is 
swarded to all police officers with 
the rank of police officer II (P.O. 
, and will increase yearly salaries 
almost $5,000. 

"The raise will hopefully en- 
courage new people and help in- 
crease our staff," Williams said. 
"For a while, we had two empty 
slots on our roster that wasn't filled 
iecause no one even applied." 

Williams said the low salary 
fas probably the reason for the 
j stagnant employment. 

The raise was first approved by 
the Louisiana Department of Civil 



Service, and later by NSU Presi- 
dent Randall Webb after it was 
discovered that Northwestern had 
the funds to cover it. 

According to Chief Williams, 
the raise has already helped to im- 
prove the quality of life for some 
University Police officers. 

"We have one guy that was 
renting an apartment but now 
plans on buying a house after the 
raise," Williams said. 

University Police officer Shane 
Lodrigue, who has been on the 
force for two years, explained how 
the raise could boost employ- 
ment. 

"The new raise should help to 
fill those empty slots when they 
come up. We're making more 
money now, so it shouldn't be as 
tough to find good people," Lo- 
drigue said. 

Although the raise's long-term 
effects are yet to be seen, the raise 




Kera Simon/ The Current Sauce 

Officer Shane Lodrigue demonstrates the procedures and reasoning behind issuing a parking 
ticket. Lodrigue is one of the P.O. lis that will be receiving a $5,000 annual pay increase. 

is already making a significant im- own some property somewhere Police, 

pact on the officers' personal lives, down the line," Lodrigue said. 

"We've got a lot more money According to Chief Williams, 

in our pockets now. I can actually pay raises of this nature are few 

afford to do stuff now; maybe even and far between for the University 



"I've been here for 21 years, 
and I've never seen a special raise 
like this for the officers," Williams 
said. 



College of Business finds new dean after two years 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

The new business dean, Jerry 
Vail, was chosen after a nation- 
fide search and is looking forward 
bthe new challenges of NSU. 

'I thought the NSU position 
ifered an interesting set of chal- 
tages and a unique opportunity 
d stay in Louisiana," Wall said. 

Wall was the director of the 
tnter for business and econom- 
research at the University of 
ouisiana at Monroe for over 20 



years. He was a professor of man- 
agement and taught in the ULM 
Hong Kong Summer Program at 
Shue Yan College. 

He is also a retired colonel of 
the U.S. Army and has published 
numerous works. 

"He was highly recommended 
by his references and highly re- 
spected by others (in the business 
profession)," Thomas Hanson, 
Provost and vice president of aca- 
demic affairs, said. "He's a leader 
with good international skills and 
connections." 



The College of Business has 
been searching for a dean for the 
past two years. 

After former Business Dean 
Stephen Scott went back into the 
classroom and became the orga- 
nizer of the Insurance Institute 
at NSU, Joel Worley was called 
out of retirement as a temporary 
replacement. He was the business 
dean before Elliot. Now that the 
position has been filled, Worley 
will be moving to Colorado to be 
closer to family. 

Hanson said when the opening 



was first advertised, a committee 
reviewed the applicants and three 
were recommended. Things did 
not work out with the three rec- 
ommended applicants, so the job 
opening was still open. 

The job opening was left ad- 
vertised for about six months, and 
then Hall applied for the posi- 
tion. 

"I thought the NSU position 
offered an interesting set of chal- 
lenges and a unique opportunity 
to stay in Louisiana," Wall. 

Wall said he does not have any 



definite changes set in mind for 
the College of Business, but he 
does have some future goals and 
interests he would like to pursue. 

"I am interested in studying the 
possibility of new majors, a gradu- 
ate program and better ways to 
serve our stakeholders," Wall said 
in an email. "I strongly believe 
in international exposure/ travel 
for students and am interested in 
making that part of our curricu- 
lum, along with service learning 
that lets students get credit for 
working with area businesses." 



Fine and 
Graphic Arts 
Program 
becomes 
reaccredited 

Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU fine and graphic 
arts program received accredita- 
tion by the National Association 
of Schools for Art and Design 
(NASAD). 

The programs previously had 
associate status in the association 
but now have moved up to full 
membership status for the first 
time. 

Dr. Roger Chandler, coordi- 
nator of fine and graphic arts, said 
full membership status would 
have added benefits for NSU, 
including the ability to consult 
with an exclusive network of col- 
leges and universities on a variety 
of issues. 

As part of the accreditation 
process, the fine and graphic arts 
programs spent about a year pre- 
paring a self-study for NASAD. 

The NASAD came to the 
campus in the fall to observe the 
facilities, curriculum, faculty ex- 
pertise and teaching load. 

Chandler also said the fine 
and graphic arts programs im- 
proved retention because of the 
curriculum changes to comply 
with NASAD standards. Student 
recruitment for the graduate pro- 
gram has also increased. 

"It singles our department out 
as being one of the best in the na- 
tion," Bill Brent, director of cre- 
ative and performing arts said. 
"The standards are so high and it 
will help us recruit higher quality 
students to the program." 

The fine and graphics arts pro- 
gram will be up for reaccrediting 
again in 10 years. 





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Kera Simc 
Editor in ChiJ 
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July 11, 20(1 




Devon Smith/ The Current Sauce 

Top: Large groups of girl staters wait outside of Hanchey Gal- 
lery to vote for state officials. 

Right: During the joint convocation, with both Boys State and 
Girls State present, the boys get down on one knee and ser- 
enade the girls to "You Are My Sunshine." 




NSU hosts Girls and Boys State 200 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

Large trains of high school boys and girls 
weave through the NSU campus. Baby blue and 
white T-shirts can be seen dodging through the 
halls of academic building. Words like, "Feder- 
alists," "PCs" and "city room" are used often to 
create a special week-long language. All of this 
commotion must mean one thing- Louisiana 
Boys and Girls State has come to NSU. 

This is the first year NSU has accommodat- 
ed Boys and Girls State, and the Director of LA 
Boys State Dewey Colls said, "We're enjoying 
every minute of it." 

The LA Boys and Girls state are part of the 
American Legion and the American Legion 
Auxiliary, respectfully. This is the 67th session 
of Boys and Girls State. The Girls State pro- 
gram took place on July 1 -7 and Boys State was 
from July 2-8. This is the first year the pro- 
gram lasted seven days instead of eight. 

Upcoming high school seniors are chosen 
throughout the state to represent their schools 
at the program. Once at Boys or Girls State, 
the students run their own mock state by elect- 
ing city, parish and state officials. 

Every elected seat holds a job in order to 
run the Boys or Girls State, like city council 
man/woman, parish judge or senator. The elec- 
tions proceed all the way to governor, the high- 
est position one can hold at the program. 

The Girls State governor this year was Chris- 
tina Hatheway of Shreveport. The Boys State 
governor was Blake Pace from 

"We get the most patriotic, outgoing, com- 
petitive and friendliest students to take part in 
Girls State," said Maggie Watts, director of LA 
Girls State. "We have the people of tomorrow 
here to teach them about government so they 
may better understand and make informed de- 
cisions in the future." 



More than 400 boys were housed in Sabine 
Hall, and more than 500 girls were spread out 
between University Place, Varnado and Booze- 
man Halls. All of the boy and girl staters dined 
at Iberville Cafeteria. 

While at NSU, Boys/Girls State citizens 
used the Friedman Student Union, Russell 
Hall, Morrison Hall, James A. Noe Military 
Science Building, Kyser Hall, the Creative and 
Performing Arts (CAPA) Building, the Family 
and Consumer Sciences Building, Turpin Sta- 
dium, Prather Coliseum and the WRAC. 

Both Girls and Boys State held a joint ses- 
sion at Prather Coliseum on July 4. U.S. Sena- 
tor Mary Landreu and the assistant adjutant 
general of the state National Guard Hunt 
Downer, both former boy and girl staters, 
spoke to the students. 

The LA Boys and Girls State also presented 
NSU with a Boys and Girls State flag after the 
speeches. 

"It's a way to show (NSU) our appreciation 
and a way to leave a little piece of us here," 
Watts said. 

To continue with the 4th of July celebra- 
tions, Boys and Girls State marched down 2nd 
Street in a parade. More than 900 high school 
seniors from all around the state of Louisiana 
walked to Front Street to watch the fireworks 
display. 

"After the show that was put on, every kid 
will always remember Girls and Boys State of 
2007," Colls said. 

The girls of Vermillion city, a fake city in 
Girls State, really enjoyed the fireworks and the 
friendly appeal of Natchitoches. Alyssa Bourg 
of Homa, who was a school board member said 
she also liked the beauty of the NSU campus. 

The Vermillion city residents had some likes 
and dislikes about Girls State at NSU. They all 
loved their rooms at University Place. Emma 
Villery from Covington, who was the mayor 



of Vermillion City, also mentioned walking on 
campus was not as long as it would have been at 
LSU, since the campus is smaller. Tori Herpin, 
of Kaplan and city council member said every- 
thing seemed rushed and not well-timed. She 
described long waits and unmanaged events. 

Even if some scheduled events ran late, the 
girls of Vermillion City were learning a great 
deal about their government and functions of 
the city. Shae Ackel, of Alexandria, a city coun- 
cil member, said she was learning the func- 
tions of politics, campaigning, and the value 
of votes. 

"The political bargaining was pretty crazy," 
Ackel said. "I didn't know all that happens." 

The Vermillion City School Board members 
were all daughters of teachers. They worked 
on a plan to open a fake school in Vermillion 
City and presented their project in front of the 
Natchitoches School Board. 

Victoria Olivier of Lafayette, and the school 
board president, said she could have run for a 
higher position, like lieutenant governor, but 
she wanted to do something at Girls State that 
she could actually see herself doing in real life. 
It was important to her to show that she could 
do things to improve the school system. 

Lauren Vincent, from Covington, , said she 
wanted to create a school of good quality. 

"Plus, it's important to me since I'm still 
in school," Vincent said. "I want to show that 
we can make creative solutions to common 
(school) problems." 

Louisiana Boys and Girls State is a hands-on 
learning experience for all participants. Colls 
assured that the program would be returning 
to NSU next year. 

"The parade down town, the special guest 
treatment, it has all been unbelievable," Colls 
said. "It showed us just how happy NSU is to 
have us. With that enthusiasm, we are definite- 
ly happy to come back." 




Devon Smith/ The Current S 

Top: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu speaks to the Boys and { 
State members about the importance of education. 



Bottom: Girl State members 
display on the 4th of July. 



watch the Front Street firewt 





Devon Smith/ The Current Sauce 

NSU students provide assistance to the Boys State members by offering campus maps 
and handing out free t-shirts and bags. Left to right: Kayla Pitcher, Jessica Pitcher, 
Courtney Cabanaugh, Roderick Wilson and Devin Owens. 




Devon Smith/ The Current S 

Counselors entertain the shortly arrived Boys State members outside of Sabine Hall on the first da 



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NSU Muggles head to theaters, 
await Harry Potter book release 



Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

Harry Potter is not just for kids. NSU students express 
their excitement for one the most anticipated movie and 
book releases of the summer. "Harry Potter and the Or- 
der of the Phoenix" hits theatres today and "Harry Potter 
and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the series, 
will be released Saturday, July 21 at 12:01 a.m. 

"I saw The Order of the Phoenix last night at mid- 
night and I am reserving a copy of the book so I can get 
one before it sells out, and it will be read immediately," 
senior music education major Allyson Neely. 

Pre-purchasing tickets was one option to ensure fans 
were the first to see the movie. 

"I pre-purchased my tickets so I could be one of the 
first people to see it, and I wouldn't have to hear about it 
from other people before I could see it," senior fine and 
graphic arts major Devin Smith said. "I wanted to see 
what they put in the movie and what they left out." 



Some students went to great lengths and distances to 
see the movie as soon as it came out. 

"I went to Shreveport last night to see the movie," 
senior biology major Alyssa Sanders said. "The Order 
of the Phoenix is the most action packed book, so I was 
excited to see how they put it in the movie." 

Sanders said she is such a Harry Potter fan she dressed 
up as Hermione last year for Halloween. 

•Some fans had the book pre-ordered to make sure 
they got a copy and to avoid the madness at the time 
of the release. Other fans, like senior journalism major 
Jamie Webb, will be standing in line. 

"I am going to New Orleans the weekend the book 
comes out. One of my friends and I are going to go eat 
dinner and then go get in line at the bookstore and wait 
for the release," Webb said. 

Webb started re-reading the series at the beginning 
of the summer so the information would be fresh in her 
mind while she reads the final book. 

Senior mathematics major Paul Elliot said, "I have 



the book pre-ordered and I don't know what to expect 
from it. I'm also really looking forward to the movie 
because I think the fifth book is the best." 

The Book Merchant will be joining in the excitement 
of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 
by hosting a release party July 20 starting at 10:30 p.m. 
The book will go on sale at midnight. The party will 
have a costume contest for adults and children and door 
prize drawings through out the night. Books can also be 
pre-ordered at the Book Merchant. 

"Our waiting list for the book started the day it was 
announced. The earliest special order I have is from Feb. 
3," Book Merchant owner J. Michael Kenny said. 

The Book Merchant is hosting a release party 
Friday, July 20 starting at 10:30 p.m. and will 
start selling "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hal- 
lows" at midnight. The display in the store fea- 
tures a countdown to the release date and free 
bookmarks. 



I lltee Harry Potter becautse... 



* \ started reading the Harry 
Potter books when the first three 
came out. I like it when they 
play quidditch because %jl>g 
broomsticks are coolr ' 

Matt LeBlanc 
Sophomore business major 



watched the third movie when 
it came out and thought it was 
pretty good, so I went and got 
the first book. I read the f^s| five 
books in a month. 

Rayce Brossette 
Junior CIS major 



1 *My dad brought home the book 
before the first movie came out 
and told me it would be good. My 

favorite part of the series is in 
The Prisoner of Azkaban' when 
Harry meets his godfather/ J 

Sam Penico 
Junior history major 




Artist shares family through art 



Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

Mary Beth Dupree uses her 
family as inspiration to create the 
23 works in her "Meet the Ladies 
Exhibition," currently on display 
at the Hanchey Gallery. 

The exhibit portrays five gen- 
erations of women in her family. 

"The series began a number of 
years ago after the completion of 
the painting of my maternal grand- 
mother, Lay. There has always been 
a strong and special bond between 
the females on grandmother's side 
of the family. That bond must 
have been the motivation I needed 
to begin the other paintings," says 
Dupree in her artist statement. 

Dupree completed the series 
in 2005, after first starting in the 
early 1980s. Dupree is an acrylic 



and collage/mixed media artist 
and uses a variety of materials in 
her paintings. 

"With each family member, I 
found it a wonderful challenge to 
go in search of fabric by rummag- 
ing in garage sales, checking out 
the many bolts of fabric at spe- 
cialty stores for just that particu- 
lar pattern I had in mind for that 
particular family member," says 
Dupree in the statement. 

"It was cool/neat to see how 
many different materials she used; 
fabric, buttons, bible pages and 
paint," said senior computer sci- 
ence major Michael Davis. 

Dupree attended Northwest- 
ern State University from 1957 to 
1960 and studied under Orville J. 
Hanchey. The exhibition "Meet 
the Ladies" is showing June 11 
through July 20. 



Bass fishing club ranks fifth in nation 



Andi Bass 

Sauce Reporter 

The Collegiate Bass Anglers 
Association recently ranked the 
NSU Bass fishing club fifth in the 
nation. 

"There are teams that have 
been competing for four or five 
years, and we came in the first year 
and ranked fifth in the nation. It 
was a great success," team founder 
Kevin Jeane said. 

Jeane, now a graduate, started 
the team last September after 
speaking with some friends who 
also showed an interest in start- 
ing a team. He formed the team 
in only two weeks so they would 
be able to compete in the National 
Championship in October. 

Since the team started, they 
won approximately $5,000 and 
were on FOX Sports when they 
competed in North Arkansas 
where they placed two boats in 
the top 1 0. 

Jeane said one key to the team's 



success is practice locally and at 
tournaments. 

"A lot of people only have one 
lake to practice on, but we live in 
a place here with a variety of lakes 
so we get experience with different 
types of fishing," Jeane said. 

"We (fish) three or four days be- 
fore the tournament. We go on the 
lake and try to find different spots 
with different fish and try differ- 
ent baits to see what works best," 
said member Nathan Fields. 

Practicing and participating in 
tournaments can be costly so the 
team has acquired sponsors to help 
with the high cost of competing. 

"It can be very expensive and 
VNM and Bayou Outdoors have 
helped us out tremendously," 
Jeane said. 

All the team's winnings also go 
directly back to the team to help 
pay for hotels, gas and other ex- 
penses Jeane said. 

Jean Jarred Williams will be re- 
placing Jeane as president for the 
upcoming year. 



NSU Folk Festival keeps 
Louisiana traditions alive 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

The Natchitoches- NSU Folk 
Festival highlights Louisiana cul- 
ture at its best with unique food, 
crafts and music and will be held 
on July 20-21 in Prather Coli- 
seum. 

For its 28 th year, the folk fes- 
tival theme is "Passing it on- the 
Next Generation." It will focus on 
the younger generation of artists 
who learned their trade from fam- 
ily and community traditions. 

"Too often, traditions such as 
chair making, quilting, playing 
music and cooking gumbo are 
perceived as activities carried on 
by older people. That isn't the case 
in Louisiana," Shelia Richmond, 
coordinator of the Natchitoches- 
NSU Folk Festival, said. "Cultural 
traditions, be they Native Ameri- 
can, Scots-Irish, Protestant, Afri- 
can or whatever cultural group are 
being handed down to children 
and grandchildren, assuring that 
the important aspects of culture 
are continued." 

Craftspeople will demonstrate 
their talents on Saturday in the 
Prather Coliseum arena. They will 
also be selling their work. A vari- 
ety of crafts will be on display such 
as woodcarvings, walking sticks, 
quilts, leather goods and musical 
instruments. More than 30 artists 
are expected to attend. 

Narrative sessions will focus 
on different subject pertaining of 
Louisiana culture, such as cook- 
ing, healing traditions and the 
timber industry. Richmond said 
the sessions last 45 minutes and 
seating is provided for 50 audi- 




Photos submitted by Sheila Richmonc. 

Left: Elaine Bourque demonstrates to visitors how to spin 
cotton at last year's folk festival. 



Bottom: Michael Yankowski plays an Irish drum called 
bodhran in Back Porch Band at last year's festival. 



the 



ence members. Listeners will be 
able to ask questions for the last 
10-15 minutes of the session. A 
foodways demonstration on Cre- 
ole cooking will also be presented. 

"This isn't just entertainment. 
It's education," Richmond said. 
"It's a chance for people to visit 
with (artists and craftspeople) 
they would have never met before 
in their day-to-day lives." 

The Louisiana State Fiddle 
Championship is also held at the 
folk festival. The competition is 
set to begin on July 20 at 6 p.m. 
on the main stage of the colise- 
um. Last year's winner was Emily 
Young of DeRidder. 

The live music is another at- 
traction of the folk festival. This 
year, the festival will highlight 
some young musicians, such as 
the 13-year-old accordion player, 
Briggs Brown. Honorary chair- 
man, Hadley Castille, will also be 
playing with his granddaughter, 
Sarah Jayde Williams. 




The music variety will include 
country-western, Cajun blues, 
ballads, jazz, bluegrass, gospel and 
zydeco. 

Michael Yankowski, professor 
of creative and performing arts, is 
a member of The Back Porch Band 
and has been participating in the 
NSU Folk Festival for six years. 

"I've been at Northwestern for 
20 years and went to the folk festi- 
val the first year (I was here). I had 
a lot of fun. All of the craftsmen 



and musicians, I photographed 
them," Yakowski said. "Then to b< 
asked to play on the main stage 
what a thrill that was." 

1he Back Porch Band play 
Scottish and Irish music create a 
unique sound with instrument; 
like a bodhran (Irish drum), pen- 
ny whistle and bazooka. 

"We play the Folk Festival be- 
cause it's a lot of fun," Yakowski 
said. "And it's air-conditioned. 
You can't get better than that." 





Green Market provides fresh produce for summer 



Chris } 
Opinii 
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July 1 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

Erica Anderson starts every Saturday from April to July around 6 
a.m. She gathers and organizes the weekly load of vegetables into a flat- 
bed trailer for two hours and leaves her house around 8 a.m. Anderson 
then drives 20 minutes from her house to downtown Front Street to sell 
her crop at the Natchitoches Green Market. 

The Natchitoches Green Market offers local farmers, merchants, and 
craft venders a chance to sell their products in a laid-back environment 
while casually visiting with their regular customers and visiting new 
faces. 

The market meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April to 
July on the riverfront. Anderson can be found under the large oak tree. 

Andersons husband is a third-generation farmer and owns Ander- 
son's Produce and Plant Farm. They sell flowers and plants in April at 
the market, and then begin selling their produce in May until July. 

Anderson's produce is hand-picked, but not organic. She said they 
have to use pesticides because of the neighboring fields. Her vegetables 
are sold by the pound, and she said are fresher than that found in the 
supermarkets. Her vegetables are home-grown, and she can tell any cus- 
tomer when it was planted and picked. 

"Plus, we're cheaper than Wal-Mart," Anderson said. 

Anderson has attended every Natchitoches Green Market on the 
river since it first began as a volunteer group eight years ago. The group 
of three sold their goods in 1999 for Bastille Day, and they met every 
Saturday the following year. 

Oral Griffin, who is described by Anderson as "the character of the 
market," was another original vender at the market. He and said it has 



flourished since its beginning. 

"The market has steadily im- 
proved. Over the years, it's really 
changed," Griffin said. 

Griffin sells snap-beans, peach- 
es cucumbers, preserves, salsa and 
pecan pies. Griffin said his trips to 
the market started as a hobby after 
retiring from teaching. It has be- 
come very profitable over the years. 
Griffin grows most of the goods at 
his table, but he also sells some for 
others who are not able to make it 
to the market. 

Griffin explained the market's 
appeal as being open and inviting 
to visitors. He said people enjoy 
going to the market for the good 
products and company. 

"I like to talk to people. I make 
some of the glad and some of them 
mad," Griffin said with a laugh. 

The Harris' created a family 
business at the Natchitoches Green 
Market. Jodi Harrison and her 13- 
year-old son, David, have been participating in the market since the 
beginning. David, being only 5 years-old at the time, sold lemonade to 
customers. Since then, David broadened his selling base to homemade 
fruit ice cream, pressed flower cards, and homemade cakes. 




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A visitor from Mobile, AL, Jack Morgan, buys some corn from 
Erica Anderson's trailer. His children told him about the Natchi- 
toches Green Market and he wanted to visit it. 



Jodi's booth is right next to her 
son's, where she sells organic pro- 
duce, tea and sourdough bread. 
Harris said the Natchitoches Green! 
Market really enhanced her busi-j 
ness. Her Natchitoches customers 
now travel to her business, Bounti- 
ful Gardens, in Many. 

The market also includes cram 
venders who sell homemade jew- 
elry, woodwork and art. Live music 
is also featured at the market. 

For those interested in becom-| 
ing part of the Natchitoches Green 
Market, contact the Main Street Of- 
fice of Natchitoches. An application 
must be completed and a review by 
a committee board. The produce 
must be vender-grown, same thing 
with the crafts. Courtney Hornsbyj 
director of the Natchitoches Evenj 
Center and Front Street, said this 
was done to protect the quality of 
the products sold at the market. 
Hornsby expressed her satisfac- 
tion with the market in a phone interview. She said Natchitoches 
need for a fresh market was evident by its quick growth. 

"It's really taken off and become part of the community," Hornsby 
said. 



Summer movies reflect government issues 



Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 

This summer, some filmmakers have 
expressed interest in making their movies 
tie into government conspiracy/neglect 
and current events. 

Bruce Willis played a New York po- 
lice officer in "Live Free Or Die Hard." 
Justin Long, otherwise known as the guy 
from the Mac commercials, co-stars as a 
surprisingly likable character in the film. 
With no Alan Rickman or William Sadler 
around to play the antagonist, viewers fell 
victim to Timothy Olymphant's dismal 
performance as a cookie-cutter villain. 
Willis was entertaining despite the mov- 
ie's implausible plot and special effects. 

It is no surprise that there were a num- 
ber of politically motivated messages in 
this movie. 

In the film, when McClane suggests 
that the government will be able to find 
a solution to the bizarre 'terrorist' attack, 
Justin Long looks him in the eye and says, 
"It took FEMA five days to get water to 
the Superdome. What do you think?" 

Audience members clapped and 







cheered in agree- 
ment in the the- 
ater. 

This line, as 
well as other seg- 
ments in the film, 
reminded viewers 
that in the very 
real world out- 
side McClane's 
explosive uni- 
verse, the people 
in charge do not 
always react in 
a manner that is 
beneficial to the 
disaster victims. 

Even Hollywood screenwriters have 
not forgotten that when Hurricane Ka- 
trina devastated the southern regions of 
the U.S., the president continued his 
month-long vacation on his private ranch 
instead of rushing to the scene — or how 
the Federal Emergency Management 
Agency took quite awhile to "manage" 
the situation. 

This comment on the neglectful na- 
ture of the Bush administration was only 



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one of the signs 
in the summer 
movie scripts that 
pointed to politi- 
cal incentives. 

In "Trans- 
formers," the 
group of soldiers 
who aid in bat- 
tling Megatron 
and his gang are 
stationed at a 
base in Qatar. In 
one scene, the 
president (whose 
voice actor 
sounds remark- 
ably similar to George W. Bush) asks an 
Air Force One attendant to bring him a 
Hostess snack cake so that he can lazily 
relax during his flight. Of course, there 
is nothing wrong with that, but when the 
jets computer system is hacked by an evil 
miniature robot, the president is mysteri- 
ously absent. 

Michael Bay also managed to squeeze 
in a message about how the government 
often fails to communicate with the pub- 



lic and even with its superiors. Halfway 
through the movie, the Secretary of De- 
fense reveals that a mysterious division of 
the U.S. government called Sector 7 has 
been hiding a giant frozen robot from ev- 
eryone in America. 

Of course, there were the trilogy and 
sequel releases: "Pirates of the Carib- 
bean, Dead Man's Chest" (an incoherent 
melting pot of badly written dialogue, 
odd visual effects, and stupid conclu- 
sions; shirtless Johnny Depp was the only 
good part of this movie), "Spiderman 3" 
(which strayed slightly from its comic 
book origins, but wasn't so bad), "Ocean's 
Thirteen" (George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Al 
Pacino, enough said) and "Fantastic Four: 
Rise of the Silver Surfer" (I'm pretty sure 
I remember liking it but being distracted 
by the invisible woman's peculiar blue 
contact lenses) 

Not even 'family' films are exempt 
from the political messages. During one 
scene of the Disney/Pixar film "Ratatouil- 
le," a rat becomes frustrated with his son's 
naivete towards working with humans, 
so he takes him to a pest control shop. 
While his son stares at the gruesome traps 



and containers of rat poison, the dad a 
plains that humans and rats will always b< 
enemies. The son, Remy, argues that hi: 
father is right, and that they will alwayi 
be enemies unless someone tries to mala 
a difference. 

Who knows? Even the cornucopia ol 
bad dialogue and glittery eyeshadow thai 
is "Bratz: The Movie" seems to be fueled 
by an underlying theme of standing uf 
to preexisting laws in this case, the unfaii 
cafeteria caste system, in the spirit of "do 
ing the right thing." Then again, as it 
imdb.com web page suggested, "This plo 
synopsis is empty." Paula Abdul is in i 
too. So, nevermind. 

"1408" was probably the best movii 
this summer. (I'm a pushover for Join 
Cusack and The Shining is one of my fa 
vorite movies of all time, so the combina 
tion of King's writing and Cusack pickin| 
up the base of the phone while he argue 
into the receiver is really something I can 
not complain about.) The movie had tq 
audience gripping their seats and shriek 
ing at times. However, the film would no 
have the same effect on the small screen 
so it was best to see it in theaters. 



NSU Summer Theater 
entertains for all ages 




Lela Coker 

Sauce Reporter 

The NSU Summer Theatre 
is performing two shows called 
"Murdered by the Mob" and "Go 
Jump in the Lake." 

"Murdered by the Mob" is a 
murder mystery 
dinner playing 
July 25-28, Aug. 
1-4 and 2-4 in 
A.A. Freder- 
icks Auditorium 
starting at 6 p.m. 
Tickets are $20 
and covers admission to the show 
and a four-course meal provided 
by SODEXHO. Reservations are 
required and can be made by call- 
ing 3 1 8-357-4483. 

"Murder by the Mob" is the 
third dinner mystery dinner per- 
formed by the theatre department. 
The play wuj written by Jim Dabb. 
Scott Burrell, director of theatre, 
will direct the play. The assistant 
director is recent NSU graduate 
Eric Duhon. 

The play is set in the 1920s 
during the proabition and is about 
what goes on in the back of a Con- 
fection's shop in Chicago. 



"This play is interesting be- 
cause the characters serve the meal 
and the audience figures out who 
killed who. The audience can also 
bribe the actors," Burrell said. 

Duhon said, "It's different ev- 
ery night because the audience is 
always different. Be ready to 'inter- 
act and come ready to play." 

Theatre senior Liz Maxwell 
will direct the children's play "Go 
Jump in the Lake!" The children's 
show is playing at 1 p.m. July 26- 
28 and Aug. 2-4 in Theatre West 
and lasts near an hour. Tickets are 
$4. Reservations can be made by 
calling 318-357-4483 and must 
be for groups with 1 or more. 

This is the first summer the 
theatre department is offering a 
children's show, 
but they want 
to make it an 
annual event. 
Maxwell is hop- 
ing for many 
group reserva- 
tions from camps and day cares. 

"It is a really cute story about a 
dragon, skunk and boy who learn 
to defend themselves with non- 
violence. The message is good for 
kids," Maxwell said. 





NSU reaches community 
through MLK Health Fair 

Over 200 people attended the first annual MLK Health 
fair was held at the Natchitoches Community Center. 



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Photo submitted by Tara Gallien 

Natchitoches resident receives a free blood pressure check 
by local pharmacy. 

Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 



I wish more people would utilize 
this. It's here and it's" free. J J 



-Lisa Thomas, NSU Infirmary nurse 



The NSU human health and performance 
department hosted the first annual Martin Lu- 
ther King Health Fair as a means to reach out 
to the Natchitoches community and teach its 
residents about health care. 

"I really like getting to know and being in- 
volved in the community," Tara Gallien, assis- 
tant professor and director of the Health Fair, 
said. 

Gallien's main goal for the health fair was 
achieved by having over 200 people in atten- 
dance. Over 40 colon cancer tests and 1 1 6 
cholesterol screenings and were administered. 

Gallien also organized the NSU Health Fest, 
but created the MLK Health Fair, with the help 
of Natchitoches Parks and Recreation Office, 
to target the older citizens of the Natchitoches 
community. It was held at the Natchitoches 



Community Center on June 14. 

"It's more relaxed and laid-back," Gallien 
said when comparing the MLK Health Fair to 
the NSU Health Fest. "This is just about com- 
ing out to get information about your health." 

About 40 venders participated in the health 
fair. Attendants were able to walk around and 
gather information and free samples. 

The NSU WRAC and Student Infirmary 
were at the health fair. The WRAC offered 
free blood pressure, resting heart rate and BMI 
checks. The infirmary had a booth providing 
information on sexual health. 

"I wish more people would utilize this," 
Lisa Thomas, a nurse with the NSU Student 
Infirmary, said. "Its here. It's free." 

Gallien is planning to hold the community 
health fair next summer. She said she learned a 
lot from the first one and recognized the areas 
that need to be adjusted. She thought holding 
the fair from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. would be bet- 



ter than having it all day. Gallien also said sh 
would like to improve the participation of th 
local medical community. 

"I also need to organize a planning commii 
tee that includes local leaders," Gallien said i 
an e-mail. "Having such a committee will hel 
me identify the health needs in the commi 
nity and ways to get residents to attend futui 
health education events." 

Evaluation forms were available at the healt 
fair for attendants to complete, and majority ( 
the feedback was positive. 

Gallien said the most prominent sugge 
tion was to conduct the fair over the weeken 
next year. However, Gallien said she can n< 
get venders to come over the weekend. I he 
would have to pay an extra person to atten 
on a weekend, and most businesses will not d 
that. 

"I need to direct my focus on encouragir, 
residents to attend," Gallien said. 



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Chris Reich 

Photographer 

Men bond in several different 
ways, but they all may seem a little- 
odd. And usually they are under 
the most bizarre of circumstance. 

There is the typical bonding, 
over fishing, hunting, basically 
killing things. Guns are usually a 
great way to bond because they al- 
low men to do one of the things 
the love best, blow crap up. When 
you think about it, when was the 
last time you heard a guy turn 
down a chance to go to the gun 
range? 

Sports are also a common bond- 
ing exercise, because if a guy can 
still be friends with someone even 
aftet seeing them when they lose 
or win, then they can be friends 
with them no problem. The same 
for video games, it brings both 
competition and the ability to play 
sports and/or blow crap up. 

If you haven't noticed yet, 
there is a common element in all 
the bonding, competition. Guys 
compete, period; it is just in our 
blood. But there is more to the 
competition than just winning. 
For guys to bond, there has to be 
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Perspectives on 'Bonding' 



finding a worthy opponent is one 
of the most important parts of 
competition. If the same guy wins 
every time, then it is boring. But 
if the guy can find a worthy op- 
ponent to play the game with or 

"There is a common 
element in all bonding, 
competition. Guys 
compete, period. " 

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shoot with, then they have a good 
friendship. 

This brings me to one of the 
most important points of male 
bonding; we have different friends 
for different things. We have 
friends we go hunting with, friends 
we go drinking with, friends we 
play cards with, you get the point. 
Some of these friends might be the 



same, but for the most part, they 
are different friends entirely. This 
is understood by all guys and is 
actually almost expected. And the 
reason we bond with certain guys 
can be extremely random. 

A guy can be really good friends 
with another guy simply because 
they stood in line together at the 
hardware store. While the circum- 
stances are random, from that 
point on, both guys have met each 
other and both know that they 
are useful for working on things 
around the house. Instant friend- 
ship. 

Guys also have the uncanny 
ability to get pissed, fight and 
then laugh about it as the guy in 
the best shape drives the wounded 
guy to the hospital. Afterwards, it 
is off to have a few beers and laugh 
about it. And the guys are better 
friends because of it. Just another 
random encounter to add to the 
bonding experience. 



Okay, girl, dish! I say that a 
lot. Being away at school for me 
means being away from some of 
my best girlfriends, which means 
they miss out on a lot. I can go for 
months at a time without seeing a 
few of my friends, and every time 
we hang out we dish. We talk 
for hours, and its like we never 
skipped a beat. 

Because if there's one thing 
we're good at, and there's defi- 
nitely more than one, it's talking. 
That's what we do. It's a bond that 
we girls have that gets taken for 
granted all the time. And it's defi- 
nitely a girl thing. We get closer to 
each other than guys ever do, and 
that's because of one big differ- 
ence between the two sexes — well, 
besides the obvious. Girls like to 
talk more than guys do. 

We talk all the time and about 
anything, and if you ask me, that's 
how you really get to know some- 
one. You've got to get below the 



surface and beyond the superfi- 
cial to form a real friendship with 
someone. 

Guys hang out but in a differ- 
ent way than we do. Guys play 
basketball, go hunting, or even do 
plenty of less stereotypical "guy 
things," which can be called that 

"The best medicine is 
for a broken heart is 
some girl talk. The best 
'sweet boyfriend' story 
is always better shared 
with a girlfriend... " 

Leigh Gentry 

but are definitely not reserved as 
"guys only." But the guys talk way 
less when they hang out. Their 
fun is rooted more in the activi- 
ties like sports, working out and 
building things. Ours is in the 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 



chatting and even in the finding 
out of each others' business. 

Although girls can be nosy, 
they can also be helpful, which 
can easily be forgotten when re- 
ceiving unwelcome advice. But 
I'm definitely not saying that girls 
never shut up, although I rarely 
do, because with so many talkers, 
we have to have even more good 
listeners and "advice-givers." 

The best medicine for a broken 
heart is some good "girl talk." The 
best "sweet boyfriend" story is al- 
ways better shared with a girlfriend 
who can respond and get excited 
with you. Every girl knows that's 
true. 

And these stories are never as 
good or even as complete when 
guys are around. We tend to leave 
out parts unless we're talking to 
our closest girlfriends. There's 
some things guys just don't get — 
things like relationships, shopping, 
or even PMS, which is something 
every girl can relate to. 

Don't get me wrong; guys are 
great. I happen to love one. But 
sometimes you just need some girl 
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Independent rights are 
tossed for national security 



I celebrated July 4, 2007 as I 
do every year with my family at 
the Watts family reunion in Co- 
lumbia, MS. While cook-outs, 
fireworks, relatives and friends 
are necessary ingredients for a 
fun 4th of July, it's ^ 
important to real- 
ize and understand 
the bit of hypoc- 
risy in our celebra- 
tions. 

Today, Ameri- 
cans' love of 
freedom is becom- 
ing less evident. 
Whether we realize 
it or not, America is slowly for- 
feiting freedoms for government 
security. Many Americans show 
little disdain towards govern- 
ment relieving citizens of personal 
responsibility and consequences 
for their actions. 

Some Americans do not see 
a problem with this. They also 
have no problem firing off ro- 
man candles in celebration of a 
minority group of colonists who 
were willing to risk their lives for 
the idea of freedom and personal 
liberty. 

When considering the notion 
of freedoms for security, Presi- 
dent Bush's Patriot Act of 2001 
comes to mind. The Patriot Act 
was imposed after the September 
11th attacks to increase national 
security against "terrorist" threats. 
Abuse of the Patriot Act has re- 
sulted in violations of four of the 
first ten Constitutional Amend- 




Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



ments. 

The Patriot Act allows the 
government to classify certain 
domestic labor or civil rights 
demonstrations as "terrorism" 
if they are attempting to "influ- 
ence the policy of 
government by 
intimidation or 
coercion." This 
tramples citizens' 
right to assembly. 

It completely 
disregards citizens' 
fourth amendment 
right to be secure 
in their "persons, 
houses, papers, and effects" by 
eliminating the need for prob- 
able cause in an investigation and 
granting the government access to 
individual's private financial and 
medical records. 

The Patriot Act also allows 
agents to search individuals' 
homes without notification, and 
allows the executive branch to spy 
on what books individuals check 
out of the library and the web 
pages they visit online. 

Finally, the Patriot Act breach- 
es the 5th amendment's "due pro- 
cess" and the 6th amendment's 
right to be informed of a charge 
by allowing the government to 
secretly lock up immigrants with- 
out charges. 

While some provisions of the 
Patriot Act may be necessary, the 
only people who truly benefit are 
the government officials who are 
allowed to spy, steal, and pillage. 



Americans allow government 
to seize tax money to pay for a 
decaying public education system, 
and not reimburse some money 
to citizens who wish to send their 
children to private schools. Few 
citizens seem to want to take 
responsibility of their children's 
education without any govern- 
ment interference. 

Many citizens would rather 
the government provide taxpayer 
funded government health care to 
everyone than take responsibility 
for providing their own health 
care in a medical marketplace free 
of government mandates. 

Last but not least, government 
officials impose personal moral 
or religious beliefs as law. There 
should be no government regula- 
tion against what citizens do in 
the privacy of their own homes as 
long as no one else is affected. 

How much do we really love 
freedom? Unfortunately, it seems 
most Americans would prefer the 
government make their decisions 
for them than having the right 
to choose and accept the conse- 
quences of their decisions. 

The 4th of July should be re- 
vered as a celebration of freedom 
and independence from an op- 
pressive government. God bless 
the few men that went against the 
majority and gave their lives for 
the belief of liberty and per- 
sonal responsibility. A lot can be 
learned from their experiences, 
if we only took the time to pay 
attention. 




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There is a 17-year-old tradition 
around these parts that began with 
one boat full of close friends. Now, 
people gear up their 
boats with water bal- 
loons, beer, and bikini- 
clad women to take part 
in The Dam Run. 

This six-mile float 
down Cane River to the 
South Dam started as 
just a casual ride with 
friends in one boat. 
Seventeen years ago, 
it used to take them 
all day to get to the dam because of 
the speed of the boats. 

Then more people brought their 
boats along, and there were even 
boat-decorating contests at one 
time. Now that a younger crowd 
began joining the troop, a full- 
blown water balloon war has sur- 
faced on the river. 

Hie Dam Run begins at marker 
48.1 on Cane River around July 4 
every year. Everyone rides down to 
the dam. 

Once there, everyone anchors 



their boats and gets in the water. 
One may eat, drink, and float to 
visiting boats. 

Anyone can attend, but 
there are a few unspoken 
rules that I was informed 
of by the man who started 
it all, Steve Wiggins. 

1. Don't throw the wa- 
ter balloons until you are a 
little ways down the river. 
You don't want to waste 
them before everything 
begins. 

2. Keep you balloons 
in an ice-water cooler to really 
make your opponents scream! 

3. Don't throw at un-armed 
boats. There are some people who 
just want to cruise down the river 
without being plummeted by wa- 
ter balloons. 

4. Don't throw unless you are 
thrown at. Truces can be broken 
with one slip of the wrist. 

5. Speeding down the river is 
not a smart or safe way to partici- 
pate in the Dam Run. 

6. Only real dam runners touch 



the dam with their boats. It is 
supposed to be the highlight of 
the trip. 

While attending this social 
gathering, I picked up on a few in- 
teresting observations myself. 

1 . 1 throw like a girl and should 
not be allowed to use spray-on 
suntan lotion. 

2. The river police need to just 
let the town-folk do their thing for 
one day. Writing tickets on the 
Dam Run should be forbidden. 

3. Alcohol and floating devic- 
es do not work well together for 
some people. 

4. Beware of cameras. You 
never know when you'll land on 
the front page of The Natchitoches 
Times in your bikini. 

The Dam Run is a time for the 
residents of Natchitoches to share 
their Cane River enjoyment. The 
smiling faces of all ages grace the 
river on this one special day. 

I am proud to say that I got 
smacked in the face by a ice-cold 
water balloon during the 2007 
Dam Run! 





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Courtesy of 
Sports Information 

The "Top 100 Players in De- 
mon Football History" roster was 
announced on July 4 as North- 
western State kicked off its Cen- 
tennial Celebration of intercolle- 
giate football competition. 

The "Top 100 Players" will be 
honored Sept. 1 when Northwest- 
ern celebrates the 100th anniver- 
sary of its first intercollegiate com- 
petition as the 2007 season kicks 
off with a home game against 
Henderson State, where former 
NSU head coach Sam Goodwin is 
the director of athletics. 

Fan voting conducted in May 
was a primary component in the 
selection process, with a commit- 
tee completing the selections. 

The Top 1 00 list was narrowed 
down from a group of 230 play- 
ers nominated by a blue-ribbon 



panel comprised of former play- 
err, coaches and past and present 
administrators. 

Credentials required included 
either first-team all-conference 
or All-Louisiana recognition, 
All-America honors, professional 
football experience, selection to 
the university's Graduate N Club 
Hall of Fame for performance as 
a football player for the Demons, 
or by being a current or former 
school record holder or currently 
ranking in the all-time records. 
Some players prior to World War 
II were also on the ballot based on 
past testimonials from coaches of 
that era. 

"The selection process has 
generated a great deal of interest 
around the state and from NSU 
supporters around the country. 
Choosing a 'Top 100' list has 
been a wonderful way to kick off 
the celebration of our 100-year 



football anniversary," said director 
of athletics Greg Burke. "It's fun 
to relive the achievements, of our 
greatest players, and in the com- 
ing weeks, we'll continue to com- 
memorate the great tradition built 
by the players, coaches and fans in 
our first 100 years." 

Current Demons' head coach 
Scott Stoker and defensive line 
coach Roy Locks made the Top 
1 00 roster. 

Stoker was a record-break- 
ing quarterback from 1986-89, 
guiding the 1988 Demons to the 
Southland Conference title and 
the playoff quarterfinals. Locks, a 
four-year starter at defensive end 
and llinebacker, was a 2002 All- 
America end for a playoff team. 

The selection committee also 
named 13 other players as honor- 
ary captains, recognizing their re- 
markable leadership contributions 
during their days at NSU. . 



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Kera Simon 

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For his last year as an NSU foot- 
ball player, Ray Martin, senior Eng- 
lish major, wants to see NSU go to 
the conference championship this 
year and said they already have a good 
start. 

"We've put a lot more work in this 
off-season than I've seen in the past 
years," Martin said. 

He is referring to the summer 
workout schedule the players have 
been dealing with. All of the players 
that stayed in Natchitoches run at 6 
a.m. They also have hour and a half 
workout groups that start at 8 a.m., 
1 p.m. or 5 p.m. four times a week. 
Some of the players watch old game 
tapes and plays, but it is not manda- 
tory. 

"We do a lot over the summer," 
said. 

Martin said it is better to stay at NSU, in- 
stead of going home for the summer because it 
can hurt the player's endurance and strength. 

"The training at home is definitely not as 
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about 95% of the team stayed at NSU over the 
summer. Their first official practice is Aug. 2. 

Stoker is expecting the conference to be 
good this year because of the large amount of 
returning quarterbacks from other teams. He 
also said NSU has 16 starters coming back this 
year. 



Stoker said he is not concentrating 
on one game more than another. 

"We're just gonna take it one game 
at a time," Stoker said. 

One game that NSU students can 
look out for is the Oct. 18 home game 
against Southeastern State University. 
Ryan Holloway, marketing director, 
said NSU will be trying to set a Guin- 
ness Book record by having the most 
people to wear Groucho Marx glasses 
at one time. 

The glasses will be handed out at 
the game, to make it easier for fans, 
Holloway said. 

Fans with the glasses will have their 
picture in the Guinness Book of World 
Records if the current 2,500 record is 
broken. 

NSU Football season tickets are also 
selling faster than last year, according 
to Zach Williams, ticketing manager. 
About 60% of prior season ticket holders have 
renewed, and there is still two weeks till the 
deadline. 

Williams said they are now offering a young 
alumni season ticket package for those who 
have graduated in the past four years. The dis- 
counted package is $35. 



Purple Pride Tour brings NSU 
Football to alumni and fans 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

The fifth annual Purple Pride 
Summer Tour will travel around 
the state to energize NSU fans 
with athletic director Greg Burke 
and football coach Scott Stoker as 
featured speakers. 

The Tour Stops include Many 
on July 9, Shreveport on July 10, 
Baton Rouge on July 18, Leesville 
on July 19, Alexandria on July 26 
and Winnfield on July 30. 

"The Purple Pride Tour is our 
way of visiting our fans and show- 
ing how much we appreciate their 
support of NSU," Burke said. 

The tour's main audience is 
season-ticket holders, potential 
season-ticket holders, alumni 
and die-hard NSU fans, William 



Broussard, assistant athletic direc- 
tor for external relations, said. It is 
not a means of NSU recruitment. 
He said the tour is meant to get 
people excited about NSU athlet- 
ics. 

"It's important to have people 
realize we're not just interested in 
Natchitoches and Natchitoches 
Parish," Broussard said. "We know 
we have fans out there, and we 
want to reach them." 

Broussard said NSU fans want 
to know about the upcoming sea- 
son, improvements from last sea- 
son and about the lives of the play- 
ers. They want to know how to 
get season tickets and what kind 
of events the athletic department 
will host. He said the Purple Pride 
Summer Tour is a way to really 
communicate with NSU fans. 



The Tour is open to everyone 
at no cost. Appetizers and refresh- 
ments will be provided. NSU fans 
and the general public are invited 
to attend and talk with the coach- 
es of NSU. 

The two-hour events include 
brief speeches by Burke, Stoker 
and NSU personnel will take place 
halfway through. Video highlights 
will be shown and open Q&A ses- 
sions will be held in the smaller 
groups. Ticket information and 
NSU apparel will be available. 

The Many Tour Stop was held 
on Monday at Bill Adams' Edward 
D. Jones office on San Antonio 
Street in Many from 5:30-7:30 
p.m. 

The Shreveport-Bossier Tour 
Stop was Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 
p.m. at Savoie's "The Catering 



Place" at 2441 East 70th Street. 

The Baton Rouge Tour Stop is 
from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on July 18 at 
the Holiday Inn Select on Consti- 
tution Avenue. 

In Vernon Parish, the Leesville 
Tour Stop is July 19 at the NSU- 
Fort Polk campus from 5:30-7:30 
p.m. 

The Rapides/Grant/Avoyelles 
Parishes Tour Stop is July 26 from 
5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Terminal 
Conference Room at the Alexan- 
dria International Airport. The 
room is located on the third floor 
of the terminal building. Parking 
validation will be available for all 
guests. 

The Winn Parish Tour Stop 
is Monday, July 30, at the Pine 
Ridge Country Club in Winnfield 
from 6:30-8 p.m. 




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The NSU soccer team are pre- 
paring for the upcoming season 
and the high school camp they 
will be hosting this weekend. 

The team will host high school 
teams and individuals from around 
Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. 
The participants in the camp will 
have four training sessions per. day 
during the three-day camp. 

"It's a pretty intense camp," 
NSU Soccer Coach Jimmy Mitch- 
ell said. 

He said the ten players who are 
staying in Natchitoches would be 
hosting the camp. 

"For the (NSU) players that are 
working, we really are just like the 
campers," Natalie Waguespack, 
senior health and human perfor- 
mance major, said. 

Waguespack said the camp 
would give the NSU players more 
exercise and a chance to handle 
the soccer balls. 

"Some of the incoming fresh- 
men are coming to this camp, 
which is a great thing in many 
ways," Erin Hebert, senior health 
and human performance major, 
said. 

Those staying in town also have 



mandatory workout sessions wii 
the strength conditioning coache 
The players who are out of ton 
were sent workout programs 
continue over the summer. 

"I feel like (the workouts) 
ally are going to help the ones th| 
stayed over the summer," Wague 
pack said. 

Ashley Millhouse, junior jou 
nalism major, said all of the playo 
take a mandatory fitness test wh< 
they begin training on August 1! 
Those who do not pass are or| 
nized into running groups 
run in the morning, along wi( 
the regular training. 

"You don't want to come bai 
out of shape," Millhouse said. 

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for two weeks before school. TS 
players have weight and enduram 
training sessions three times a di 
until school starts. 

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their pre-season together. Thj 
bond very quickly. 

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peting against each other, and ; 
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Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

The cross country team is in 
search of a new coach and has high 
hopes for the next season. 

Last year's coach, Will Rogers, 
accepted a job as an Adidas sales 
representative. 

Leon Johnson, men's track and 
field head coach, said they nar- 
rowed down the resumes to just 
three. 

"We hope to find a new coach 
within the next couple of weeks," 
Johnson said. 

Cross country runners consist 
of the distance runners from track 



and field. Those that ran the 80 
meter, one mile, two mile and fi 
mile are on the cross country teai 
Johnson said there are four retur 
ing runners on the women's teal) 
with three freshmen. The mel 
team has three returning runm 
and three freshmen. 

The team will start training 
Aug. 19. The cross country met 
bers run on the NSU golf couii 
NSU campus, in Kisatchie pa 
and an eight mile loop towards t 
interstate. 

Johnson said he is most lookii 
forward to the cross country m< 
in Nacogdoches, TX at Steven 
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Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

A series of changes to the academic 
calendar will give students a new break 
this fall. 

The break stretches from Oct. 1-2, 
giving students a four-day weekend. 

"[As a student] I would've loved 
to have some time off in the fall," Vice 
President of Academic Affairs and 
Provost Thomas Hanson said. 

The span between Labor Day and 
Thanksgiving - nicknamed the "October 
wall" - is too long to go without any 
breaks, Hanson said. 

Relief, however, comes with a 
price. Due to the Louisiana Board of 
Supervisors' in-class minute requirement 



policy, students started the fall semester 
two days earlier to make up for the two 
days of fall break, Hanson said. 

Each credit hour requires 750 
minutes, meaning three-hour courses 
must have 2,250 minutes of scheduled 
class time, NSU officials said. 

The calendar committee - headed 
up by university registrar Lillie Frazier 
Bell - built the 2007-2008 academic 
calendar based on requests from 
students and faculty, Hanson said 

Students and faculty have wanted a 
fall break for nearly 20 years ago, Bell 
said. 

The calendar committee typically 
consists of NSU faculty and staff 
members as well as one or more student 
representatives, Hanson said 

The committee discusses various 



calendar-related requests before 
submitting a recommendation to 
Hanson. After receiving Hanson's 
approval, the calendar makes its way to 
the NSU president. 

The 2007-2008 calendar 
committee's student member approved 
the changes to the calendar before 
submittal, Hanson said. 

The calendar is redone every five 
years, and these changes remain in 
effect for the following five school years, 
Hanson said. 

"Next we will look six years down 
the road," Hanson said. 

The academic calendar changes 
will also impact the spring semester 
with changes in both the Mardi Gras 
break and spring break. 

The Mardi Gras holiday will be cut 



from three days down to two and a half 
with classes resuming at noon on Ash 
Wednesday, Feb. 6. 

This half-day of classes will replace 
of the extra day off for Good Friday, as 
spring break will be one day longer this 
year, Hanson said. 

Spring break will begin on Good 
Friday, March 21 and will continue 
throughout the week after Easter 
Sunday. 

The break has been usually 
scheduled for the week before Easter. 

This change will align spring break 
with those of other Natchitoches Parish 
schools and allow students to participate 
in the University of Louisiana System's 
Extreme Spring Break event, Hanson 
said. 

Academic Calendar on page 2. 



Sodexho plans to renovate Iberville 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

Sodexho Campus Services and 
NSU will spend $1 million to renovate 
Iberville Cafeteria this fall and 
another $1 million on the Friedman 
Student Union in five years. 

The plans begin with renovating 
Ibervilleandgivingit an "ultramodern, 
food court-type atmosphere," director 
of Sodexho Campus Services Bart 
Scherer said. 

The planning phase of the 
renovation project is almost complete, 
Scherer said. A starting date for the 
construction has not been set, but 
construction could be complete by 
the end of the fall 2007 semester, 
Scherer said. 

While under construction, half 
of Iberville will be closed at a time, 
Scherer said. 

"I was blessed with a very good 
staff," Scherer said. "It's going to be a 
challenge, but we're up for that." 

The plans will incorporate high- 
level seating, counter tops, hard wood 
wainscoting, a black ceiling and new 
pendant lighting, Scherer said. 

Sodexho is also working with the 
SGA to bring in more television sets 
to Iberville, Scherer said. 

The corrals within Iberville will be 
removed to allow a more open flow of 
students, Scherer said. 

There will also be display cooking 
stations set up throughout Iberville 
and a ready-to-go meal option at 
Vic's, Scherer said. 

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from a cooler when in a hurry, Scherer 
said. 

The C-store convenience store currently 
located in the student union by Chik-fil- 
a will be moved to Iberville during these 
renovations, Scherer said. 

Sodexho is looking to the future with 
this move, because Iberville will be a 
more central location than the student 
union once all the new dorms are built, 
Scherer said. 

Sodexho's menu will include oriental 
stir-fry, pasta, wraps, Cajun cuisine, 
sandwiches, and parfaits, as well as 



hamburgers and hot dogs, Scherer 
said. 

"The ail-American favorites will 
never go away," Scherer said. 

Sodexho will also be updating the 
beverage menu by adding Monster 
energy drinks as well as vitamin water, 
Scherer said. 

Sodexho is the catering service 
that replaced Aramark at NSU. The 
company serves students through Vic's 
and Iberville. 

"Being on SAB, we're excited about 
working with them [Sodexho]," senior 



health and exercise science major 
Allison McCloud said. 

Sodexho signed an emergency 
contract with NSU in May, because 
Aramark pulled out of its contract 
early, Scherer said. Sodexho signed 
a ten-year contract with the option of 
staying another ten years. 

"They're amazing," senior family and 
consumer science major April Bunnel 
said. 

"[Sodexho] donated 120 pounds of 
hamburger meat and a lot of hot dogs 
to the River Campus Ministry." 



Athletics offers free tuition for Demon spirit 



Demon Reufards Program 
will award free tuition to 
avid Demon Athletic fan 

Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

Pep could mean payoff in the 
amount of one semester paid tuition for 
the NSU student who attends the most 
athletic events during the fall semester. 

The NSU athletic marketing 
department created the Demon 
Rewards Program, designed to bolster 
attendance and spirit at sports events, 
will award points to students for every 
athletic event they attend, not just 
football games. 

The attendance will be tracked 
through students' I.D. numbers, Ryan 
Holloway, athletic marketing director, 
said. The student with the most points at 
the end of the fall semester will receive 
paid tuition for the following semester. 

"If you get to December and you've 
attended the most Northwestern State 



athletic events of all of our students, 
you will get a check for 15 hours of 
tuition for the spring semester of 2008," 
athletic marketing assistant Brian Seiler 
said. 

Both undergraduates and graduates 
qualify to win. 

The athletic department will stay in 
contact with coaches, spirit groups and 
the director of the NSU band to keep 
track of students participating in those 
activities. 

"If you're a student here, you're 
eligible," Holloway said. 

A booth will be present inside 
every athletic venue. Students can fill 
out a participation form at the booth or 
download the form online. 

The Demon Rewards Program 
starts this Friday at the NSU Soccer 
game against Rice at 7 p.m. at the NSU 
Soccer Complex. 

They will be passing out brochures 
with all the information in it around 
campus and try to involve the SGA, 
SAB, sororities, fraternities, student 



athletes and the band to inform other 
students about the program, Holloway 
said. 

The Demon Rewards form requires 
the student's name, student I.D. number, 
classification, E-mail address and cell 
phone number. 

Once students register, they would 
show their I.D. at the Demons Rewards 
booth in order to earn their points, 
Holloway said. 

Some games might be worth more 
points than others; for example, double 
point games may be created if NSU is 
in a tight conference race with another 
team, Holloway said. 

"The biggest way to improve the 
atmosphere at any of your sporting 
events is to get your students involved, 
and our students have not been involved 
to the degree we might like at some of 
our sporting events," Seiler said. "This 
is a way we're hoping that can get them 
excited about coming (to games) or 
trying some sporting events they may 
not have attended in the past." 



Students who accumulate 10 points 
will receive an official 2007-08 Demon 
Rewards short-sleeved T-shirt. 

Once a student reaches 20 points, 
they receive an official 2007-08 Demon 
Rewards long-sleeved T-shirt. 

At 35 points, students get to choose 
between a fleece blanket or an insulated 
duffle bag. 

With 50 points, students receive an 
NSU football jersey. 

The student with the second to most 
points at the end of the fall semester will 
receive a 36-inch or larger HDTV. 

A new grand prize for the fall 
semester will be up for grabs for the 
student that gains the most points in 
spring 2008. 

Funding for the Demon Rewards 
Program came from the athletic 
department budget by use of money 
from sponsorships, fund-raisers and 
donations, director of NSU Athletics 
Greg Burke said. 

More prizes will be added as the 
semester continues, Burke said. 




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Move in day: Students settle in 

RAs attend training sessions for emergency scenarios 




Photo by Kelli Fontenot 

Lena Senegal has no complaints about her dorm room, but disinfectant spray helps. 



Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 

Sophomore elementary 
education major Ronderica Walker 
was one of the 20 residential 
assistants that helped students 
check in and resolve problems 
with their rooms on move-in day 
Wednesday. 

Walker arrived at Varnado Hall 
at 7 a.m. on move-in day. 



"It's supposed to start at 12 
p.m., but you always get people 
who show up early," Walker said. 

The Resident Assistants started 
attending training sessions on Aug. 
6 to test how they would respond to 
emergency scenarios, Walker said. 

"They had a girl fake a seizure 
on Varnado's front porch," Walker 
said. "We thought it was real. 
I'm the one who called 911." 

Officials showed up to handle 



the situation when Walker dialed 
for help, but they had not been 
informed about the drill, Walker 
said. 

"We do all types of RA 
training to deal with situations 
that occur in the dorms — helping 
students out with everything 
from moving a bed to getting to 
the doctor," director of campus- 
community Shelia Gentry said. 

During her three semesters as 



an RA, Walker has been fortunate 
enough not to witness an actual 
seizure, but there were a few times 
when students had to be transported 
to the emergency room for asthma 
attacks. 

"Helping out the students 
is great," Walker said. "It's 
a very rewarding job." 

While Walker was distributing 
room keys, Gentry was sitting at 
her desk in the Friedman Student 
Union entering 10,000 students into 
the computer for dorm placement. 

The Residential Life office 
made a few changes in the 
dorms this year. Varnado Hall 
"switched sides," for instance. 

"I decided to switch sides 
because I didn't like the fact that 
males could swipe their ID cards 
in the back, and when they looked 
to their left, they could see the girls 
come out of the shower," Gentry 
said. "No one complained about 
it, but I saw that and thought, you 
know, I feel a little uncomfortable." 

Freshman chemistry major 
Sarena Senegal and her twin sister, 
freshman chemistry major Kena 
Senegal, gave rave reviews to the 
Varnado RAs who helped them 
check in to their dorms. 

"All of them were very helpful," 
Kena said. 

The RAs checked the girls in, 
moved a desk into the room for 
Sarena and gave the girls directions. 
Michael and Tanya Senegal 
helped their daughters move their 
refrigerator, television, computer, 
printer, storage bins and matching 



bedspreads into their new dorm 
room. 

The twins moved to 
Natchitoches after graduating 
from LaGrange High School in 
Lake Charles and decided to stay 
in Varnado Hall instead of staying 
at University Place or University 
Columns. 

"[They look] like a prison to 
me," Kena said. "I mean, all of the 
amenities are great . . . but I really like 
the historical look of this dorm." 

Not all students were as lucky 
as Sarena and Kena. 

"Most of what I got over and 
over again was 'I didn't get the 
roommate I requested, why am I 
not in the room with the person I 
requested?'" Gentry said. 

Gentry tries to make 
everybody as happy as possible, but 
circumstances sometimes make 
room arrangements difficult. 

"Everything's got to be 
balanced; maybe your roommate's 
not even admitted to Northwestern. 
They maybe got admitted today, 
and you got admitted in lune," 
Gentry said. "I just can't hold that 
bed open, and I've got all these 
people that already have their 
classes and want dorm rooms." 

Students with roommate 
issues can go to the housing 
office during room change 
week, which ends Thursday. 

The move-in deadline was 
Friday at 6 p.m., but housing 
extended the deadline by an extra 
day. 

"Things happen," Gentry said. 



Hot Auaust Nfcfts showcase Louisiana Culture 



Downtown Natchitoches hosts 
eight days of art as part of 
Lieutenant Governor's World 
Cultural Economic Forum 



Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

The Office of the Lieuten- 
ant Governor Mitch Landrieu, 
Louisiana Department of Culture, 
Recreation & Tourism (CRT) and" 
Natchitoches partners are hosting 
Hot August Nights through Satur- 
day in downtown Natchitoches. 

The World Cultural Eco- 
nomic Forum (WCEF), a program 
developed by the Office of the Lt. 
Governor Landrieu and the CRT, 



showcases the distinctiveness of 
Louisiana's culture through food, 
film, music and art.. 

"What we want to do is make 
the entire state of Louisiana a mu- 
seum, the entire state of Louisiana 
an art district, the entire state of 
Louisiana at once a cumulative 
expression of what it is we have to 
offer the world," Landrieu said. 

The WCEF also includes Cul- 
tural Passport events, which are 
statewide events emphasizing art 
and culture programs throughout 




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Louisiana, including Hot August 
Nights. 

Cultural Passport events will 
feature Pulitzer-Prize winning 
authors and poets, world-class art- 
ists, musicians and chefs, literary 
events, musicals and concerts and 
restaurant tastings, according to a 
WCEF press release. 

"Natchitoches has always 
been heavily involved in the arts 
and cultural activities which is a 
huge program of the Lt. Governor," 
director of Natchitoches events 
center Courtney Hornsby said. 

Natchitoches was chosen to 
be a part of the Cultural Passport 
because it is viewed by the state as 



a significant place of history and 
culture, Hornsby said. 

The Hot August Nights event 
will feature eight days of art and 
culture unique to downtown 
Natchitoches. 

People who attend the event 
can expect to see live jazz con- 
certs, theatrical performances, 
artist demonstrations and street 
dances. 

"We want people to come 
downtown but while they're here 
to get a real taste of the art, cul- 
ture, and music that exists here in 
our community," Hornsby said. 

Downtown Natchitoches busi- 
nesses are also going to host differ- 



ent demonstrations in addition to 
the event. 

For example, Southern Neces- 
sity will be hosting ladies' night 
out and the Rocking Horse toy 
store will be presenting some fam- 
ily fun animal demonstrations. 

The event's title fits with the 
triple digit heat wave recently 
sweeping through the region. 

"What better way to [cool 
down then] come out at night 
and have some cool things to do?" 
Hornsby said. 

The 14th annual Juried Art 
Show, a statewide artistic competi- 
tion, will jump-start Hot August 
Nights on Saturday, August 18. 



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Fellow students, 

Welcome back to Demonland! 
ihave been spending the better 
part of the summer working and 
preparing for what looks to me 
like an exciting and historic year 
in terms of student life here on 
our beloved campus. My team and 
lhave worked closely together 
ensuring that our goals for the 
Student Government Association 
(SGA) are clear and concise. We 
strive to better the lives of the 
students that walk the grounds of 
Northwestern State University. 

Our returning senators have 
geared up and are excited to begin 
their work. Many new students 
have expressed a sincere interest 
in serving their university and the 
student body, including many from 
r Greek organizations. I have not 
seen such a positive interest in SGA 
in a long time, and I believe that 
this is a sign that the student body 
b ready to positively impact our 
campus. 

'A struggle for a greater 
good at NSU is noth- 
ing new and we must 
continue it to ensure 
that the spirit and 
traditions of this great 
university do not fade 
away" 
~Shane Croppel 




Shayne Creppel 

SGA President 



You will see an SGA that 
will work closely with other 
organizations, including the 
Student Activities 
Board (SAB), with 
which there has 
been a long and 
somewhat foolish 
rivalry. You will 
see an SGA that 
will work with the 
Current Sauce and 
promote student 
involvement with 
our student media. 
You will see an 
SGA that welcomes 
our freshmen and encourages the 
participation of the quickly fading 
traditions that once permeated our 
beloved university. 

You will see an SGA unified 
and working with the university 
administration and encouraging 
their involvement with the 
students instead of against, which 
does not serve the best interest of 
the students. And you will have 
a president that is visible and 
accessible, whose goal is to better 
the lives of our students and to 
promote pride within our campus. 

Students have for too long 
come to this university and not 
developed a love and attachment 
to it. For too long have students 
walked these grounds in the attire 
of a more prominent Louisiana 
school, and other students sat idly 
by and allowed it to happen for too 



long. 

We are the Northwestern 
State Demons. We hold our purple 
and white banner 
proudly in the air and 
say that we will not 
allow another student 
to graduate from this 
school without he or 
she tearing up at the 
thought of leaving our 
beloved Demonland. 
Since our founding in 
1884 we have faced 
much adversity, but 
we have constantly 
overcome it again and 
again. A struggle for a greater good 
at NSU is nothing new and we 
must continue it to ensure that the 
spirit and traditions of this great 
university do not fade away. 

This is a special place, and I 
ask the students, the organizations, 
the Greek chapters, the ROTC, 
the Demon Punks, the University 
Administration, the Spirit of 
Northwestern and any other 
group that has developed this 
sense of pride to work together 
and show our freshmen that they 
made the right choice and that 
there is no institution better than 
Northwestern State University. 
I look forward to serving you 
as your president and keeping 
you updated on the state of the 
university and the plans of the 
SGA. Good luck and FORK'EM 
DEMONS! 



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Reflections on day one 




by Chris 

Opinions 



"I did it when I was a 
freshman, and you'll do it when 
you're seniors, but you're doing 
great. Now, fry like bacon you 
little freshman piggies. Fry!" This 
quote from the movie Dazed and 
Confused never 
fails to weasel itself 
into the back of 
my mind during 
the first week of 
the semester. The 
thought lingers 
in my head 
throughout the 
first few weeks of school like the 
loathsome "guy on the couch" or 
"last guy at the party" that just will 
not leave. However, if I said that 
1 don't chuckle to myself when 
some lost freshman asks me about 
building number 811 would be 
lying. 

There's something 
extraordinarily special about this 
time of year and meeting young 
people that are about to embark 
on some (and with a bit of luck, 
not a lot) of the experiences that 
I encountered years ago. It's a 
certain kind of guilty pleasure that 
can only be appreciated by those 
that have been around this place 
for a while. Speaking of the "guy 
on the couch" and the "last guy at 
the party," these figures will soon 
have names and faces of people 
that you will come to know and 
secretly want mauled by packs of 
wild dogs, freshmen. Welcome to 
college! 

If you have been at 
Northwestern for as long as I 
have, then I'm certain that you 
have come to appreciate a lot 



Watts 

Editor 



more than the self-satisfaction of 
watching young people make the 
same mistakes that you did. The 
concept of graduation being in the 
not so distant future has hit me 
like a set of brass knuckles. It's like 
walking barefoot through 
the dark and tripping 
over a pair of boots. 

Even graduating 
seniors must still survive 
the first days of school. 
After all, why should we 
think of the present as 
some minor insignificant 
preamble to something else, right? 

In my first semester of college, 
I scheduled my classes as late as 
possible. Classes that began earlier 
than 11:00 a.m. were completely 
absurd and never spoken of 
around my house. Now, I schedule 
my classes as early as possible so 
I have the rest of the day to work 
and take care of my personal 
business. 

In my first semester, my 
friends and I regulated our class 
attendance. It began with, "we 
can't go to class. It's raining 
outside," and soon progressed to 
"you know, it's too pretty of a day 
to go to class." My rules now are 
more geared towards limiting 
extracurricular activities and 
making school a top priority. Rule 
number one being: Never make 
attendance rules with your slacker 
friends. 

I used to see how many 
textbooks I could go without and 
still survive the semester. I would 
drop classes that I knew I would 
need the textbook for. Now I buy 
all my textbooks, just in case. 




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The more things change, the 
more they stay the same. I still use 
only one five-subject notebook, 
and I still sit by the most attractive 
girls in all of my classes. And, I 
still use the same icebreaker. "Hey, 
have you got the book for this class 
yet?" 

Chris Watts is a senior journalism 
major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the entire 
Sauce staff or those of the university. 

"The more things 
change, the more they 
stay the same. I still use 

only one five-subject 
notebook, and I still sit 
by the most attractive 
girls in all of my class" 

-Chris Watts 



Starting college can be an 
exciting and stressful time for 
incoming freshmen. It's a time to 
start fresh and a time 
to change. High school 
is over. No more dull 
seven to eight hour 
schedules for five days 
out of the week. No 
more of the same faces 
we've seen every day for 
four years. No more 
of what we've been 

accustomed to. by Alex Michael 

College is a Sauce Report 

different world for 
incoming students to embark on 
The opportunities seem endless 
compared to the limitations of 




high school. Individuals deal with 
these changes in a variety of ways, 
but most likely, all freshmen are 
in the same boat. Most incoming 
freshmen are moving away from 
their homes, friends and families 
for the first time. So, for the 
majority of us, this is the first 
major change in our lives. 

From my perspective, starting 
at NSU won't be so much of a 
significant change because I grew 
up in Natchitoches. The transition 
from high school to college won't 
be as drastic for me as it may 
for others. I've known NSU and 
Natchitoches my entire life, so I 
know what to expect. I know that 
Natchitoches is a rather boring 
town, but can be exciting if you 
know where to look. I know NSU 
is a relatively small college, but has 
all the aspects of a larger university 
with a small town touch. I know 
these are basic things, but when 
it comes to classes, jobs, parties, 
student activities and having 
thousands of new classmates, I'm 
as lost as any other freshman. 

This could very well be the 
only time I've been genuinely 
excited about school. I've probably 
told people in the past 
that I was excited for an 
upcoming year, but chances 
are I was lying. I always 
knew what to expect before 
each year, so why should I 
have been excited? 

I'm anxious, at best, and 
clueless, at worst about 
going into my freshman 
year of college, but that's 
what makes it exciting. 
My high school's graduating class 
this past May consisted of 31 
students. Let that sink in. 31! 
Now I'm going to have thousands 



"As excited as I am for 
college to start, school 
is still school... To be 
honest, I don't really 
care about algebraic 
functions or the atomic 
number and mass of 
Lithium." 

~Alex Michael 

of classmates I've never met. I'm 
going to have a class schedule 
that is entirely up to me. I can 
actually choose most of my classes, 
whereas classes were assigned to 
us in high school. 

Aside from school related 
excitement, what about the parties 
and sporting events? I can catch 
a Demon football game Saturday 
evening and find a party later 
that night. With all this to look 
forward to, how could I not be 
excited? 

As excited as I am for 
college to start, school is still 
school. That means homework, 
papers, and tests- the enemies of 
procrastinators nation-wide. To 
be honest, I don't really care about 
algebraic functions or the atomic 
number and mass of Lithium. 
I'd prefer to never speak of such 
things again. I just want to have a 
good time after 12 mind-numbing 
years of school, but I guess we all 
have to take the good with the bad. 

Alex Michael is a freshman journalism 
major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the entire 
Sauce staff or those of the university. 





Miller Danic; 
Sports Editor 
mdanielOO 1 @student.nsula.cdu 
August 22, 2007 



Time 



Kicking off Football 07 
... Literally 

Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

Last season, the NCAA had a 
crisis on their hands. 

In an attempt to please ad- 
vertising sponsors and television 
networks, they shortened games 
by making a rule that stated the 
clock would start when the kicker's 
foot touched the ball instead of 
when fielded by a kick returner. 

Also, the clock ran on change 
of possession, where it formerly 
stopped. 

After a season where 
teams manipulated such roles 
- Wisconsin anyone? - and fourth 
quarter comebacks were few and 
far between, the NCAA Rules 
Committee faced pressure to 
change the rules. 

The change they made could 
change the face of the game of 
college football. 

Now the old clock rules will 
go back into effect. 

The ball, however, will now be 
kicked off from the 30-yard line 
instead of the 35. This may seem 
like only a five-yard difference, it's 
actually a huge difference. 

Now fewer kickers will be able 
to kick deep enough into the end 
zone for touchbacks, allowing for 
the receiving team to get better 
field position, as well as the higher 
potential for more kick returns for 
touchdowns. 

This will affect every facet of 
the game. This year if a team has 
a heavy-footed kicker, you may 
see more starters on the special 
teams units normally reserved for 
backups. 

This is an intriguing prospect. 

How would the fatigue of the 
extra downfield running affect 
offensive and defensive players 
who are used to resting between 
series? 

Think about this possibility. 

A team scores on a big play 
and they get a little excited. The 
officials then flag the celebration, 
a 15-yard penalty enforced on the 
kick-off. That means the teams 
have to kick-off from the 15-yard 
line. 

Allow me to repeat, the 15- 
yard line. Late in a game, that kind 
of field position is unprecedented. 

Also, onside kicks are an even 
bigger risk. If the receiving team 
recovers, they're only 45 yards or 
so away from the end zone. In a 
tight game, that could be crucial. 

In the event of a recovery by 
the kicking team, then they are . 
five yards further back. That's a lot 
of room while running the two- 
minute drill. 

What's so wrong with having a 
long game? 

People fork over thousands 
of dollars every year for tickets to 
games, and in this sportswriters 
opinion, they ought to get their 
money's worth. 




Demon Football works to 
improve from past season 




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Photo by Gary Hardamon/ Media services 

Germayne Edmond delivers a pass in the Demon's second pre season scrimmage. Edmond is tabbed as the Demon Football starter 

quarterback and the leader of offense. 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demon football team is 
gearing up for another season, look- 
ing to improve from a 4-7 campaign in 
2006. 

Last seasons Demon offense had 
the lowest scoring production in 20 
years, with just 187 points. 

Red zone production will be key to 
improvement in the offense, head coach 
Scott Stoker said. 

"We probably have worked it more 
than in past years, although it's not 
something we are harping on. Champi- 
onship teams win the red zone," Stoker 
said. 

Robert Weeks set a school record 
last year with 18 field goals, but Stoker 
- who praised the achievement - would 
like to see the ball in the end zone rather 
than between the posts. 

"We didn't make the most of our 
red zone chances on offense," Stoker 
said. "We'll be better this year." 

Likewise, the Purple Swarm defense 
will look to play more consistently. The 
unit has held the upper hand through 



two-a-days and preseason practice, which 
frustrated offense-minded Stoker on Sun- 
day afternoon as the offense looked slug- 
gish. 

"We didn't come out with the tempo 
needed," Stoker said. "There are no excus- 
es. We're less than two weeks away from 
the season and we have too much to get 
done to go through a half-baked practice." 

The slow start prompted a restart to 
the practice, dragging it to an agonizing 
two hours and 45 minutes. 

The Demon running back corps has 
been impressive all through preseason 
camp, as the crowded backfield has 



"There are no excuses. 
We're less than two 
weeks away from the 
season and we have too 
much to get done to go 
through a half-baked 
practice" 

~Scott Stoker 



shined in scrimmages. 

Richuel Massey - whose season 
last year was marred by fumbles - has 
made many impressive big plays for the 
offense, showing tremendous change of 
direction and improved ball security. 

Adam Varnado made his mark in 
training as well by leading a receiving 
corps that has helped the young Demon 
quarterbacks. 

Defensively, Blake Delcambre has 
shown promise from his linebacker spot, 
making big tackles and solid reads. 

Safeties Chad Bell and Lance 
Lacoste have also impressed in the sec- 
ondary, hoping to improve inconsistent 
play in that area last year. 

"We have a big week with a lot to 
get done before we go to game week," 
Stoker said. "We have a lot of position 
battles to resolve, we have to make a 
lot of progress in special teams and we 
have to get a lot better on both sides of 
the ball before we start game week on 
Aug. 26." 

Stoker's squad opens the season 
Sept. 1 at Turpin Stadium against Hen- 
derson State at 6 p.m. 



Fresh faces join volleyball 



Bobbie Hayes 

Staff Reporter 

The 2007 Lady Demon Volleyball 
team started preseason practices earlier 
this month to prepare for the upcoming 
season. 

The 2007 squad will consist of five 
returners and seven newcomers. The 
large group of new players, only two 
of which are freshmen, bring both 
experience and fresh talent to the table. 

Returning for the Lady Demons are 
seniors Ariane Damasio, Janel Fisher- 
Thurston, Talita Santos and sophomores 
Megan Dockery and Yelena Enwere. 

The team has been practicing three 
times a day since Aug. 8 in Prather 
Coliseum, with one NCAA required 
day off a week. Their typical practice 
day starts off with a morning strength 
and conditioning session, followed by 
an afternoon workout which focuses on 
technique and ends with scrimmages in 
the evening. 



"Only four of these girls have ever 
even played together before on this roster 
so we have to start slow and teach them 
our system," second-year volleyball head 
coach Brittany Uffelman said. 

It will be the strong team chemistry 
that will make this season a special one for 
the Lady Demons, Uffelman said. 

"It's something we haven't had before. 
They have really pulled together as a team 
and lifted each other to keep pushing on," 
Uffelman said. 

Another weapon in the volleyball 
team's arsenal stems from having a full 
roster this season. "We are two deep 
in every position for the first time in a 
long time," Uffelman said. "I could see 
every single girl making an impact for us 
offensively." 

The. team will not have a set captain 
this coming season because they are trying 
to "focus on the fact that no one is above 
the team," Uffelman said. 

This emphasis is also shown in the 
team motto, "Those who commit will be 



champions." 

The Lady Demon's first match is 
Aug. 31 at the Arkansas State/Bancorp 
Classic. 

Their first home match-up will 
be against the University of Louisiana 
Monroe on Sept. 11. 

"We are tv/o deep in 
every position for the 

first time in a long 
time... I could see every 
single girl making an 
impact for us 
offensively" 

~ Brittany Uffelman 



The Demons are working to get their 
matches televised on NSU 22 for the 
upcoming season. 



Football Schedule 



Date 


Against 


Time 


September 






1 


Henderson State 


6:00 


8 


* Central Arkansas 


6:00 


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Northeastern 


1 L:5v 


22 


OPEN 




29 


Texas Tech 


6:00 


October 






6 


* Nicholls State 


2:00 


13 


* Southeastern 






Louisiana 


2:30 


20 


* Sam Houston State 


2:00 


27 


* Texas State 






(Homecoming) 


2:00 


November 






3 


Ole Miss 


1:00 


10 


* McNeese State 


7:00 


17 


* Stephen F. Austin 


2:00 



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Volleyball Schedule 



Date 


Against 


Time 


August 






31 


San Jose State 4:30 




September 






1 


Arkansas State 11:00 




1 


Murray State 4:30 




4 


North Texas 


7:00 


7 


Stephen F. Austin 


7:00 


8 


Louisiana-Monroe 


4:30 


8 


Tulsa 


10:00 


11 


Louisiana-Monroe 


7:00 


18 


Louisiana Tech 


7:00 


21 


* Stephen F. Austin 


7:00 


22 


* Sam Houston State 


4:00 


27 


* McNeese State 


7:00 


29 


* Lamar 


4:00 


October 






5 


* Southeastern 






Louisiana 


7:00 


6 


* Nicholls State 


TBA 


13 


* Central Arkansas 


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16 


* Central Arkansas 


6:00 


19 


* Texas-Saw Antonio 


7:00 


21 


* Texas A&M 






Corpus- Christi 


12:00 


25 


* Texas-Arlington 


7:00 


27 


* Texas State 


2:00 


November 






2 


* McNeese State 


7:00 


3 


* Lamar 


3:00 


9 


* Southeastern 






Louisiana 


7:00 


10 


* Nicholls State 


4:00 


16 


* SLC Tournament 






San Antonio, TX 


TBA 


17 


* SLC Tournament 






San Antonio, TX 


TBA 


18 


* SLC Tournament 






San Antonio, TX 


TBA 



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Soccer The Lady Demons will host Rice in an 
exhibition game to start the season at the Demon 
Soccer Complex Friday at 7 p.m. The Demons will 
hope to have sophomore forward Chelsea Gibbs 
bAack from illness. 

"She is a big part of what we do," said head coach 
Jimmy Mitchell. "Getting her back as soon as possibl 
is absolutely key. We need her to be here to work wit 
the whole team so they can all be on the same page." 
""The scrimmage is in preparation for the Demons 
opener against Southern Missouri on August 3 
the home opener against in-state foe Louisiana ' 
set for September 5"' '■//// 
Softball The Lady Demon Softball team is holding 
open try-outs to anyone interested who is a full-time 
student registered with the NCAA clearinghouse. 
They must also have a complete physical, which will I 
offered by the NSU training staff today at 6:30 p.m. ii 
the training room at the athletic field house. 
Those interested may inquire at the softball ^ 
office, room 104 of the field house. For additional 
information, contact assistant coach Krystle Nichols 
Coleman at 357-6009 or by e-mail nicholsk(a)nsula, 
edu. 



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Valve problem causes temporary water shortage 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

Natchitoches is temporarily 
under a water shortage due to 
a valve malfunction on a water 
storage tank, and officials are 
asking citizens to conserve water. 

Director of Natchitoches 
utilities Bryan Wimberly advised 
citizens to be conservative with 
their water use, such as when 
washing cars or using sprinklers. 

"At this time, the (conservation) 
is voluntary," Wimberly said. 

The water shortage resulted 
from a broken valve on the storage 
tank on the Highway 1 Bypass 
known for its large NSU insignia. 

The valve malfunctioned and 
remained open for six hours on 
Sunday, Wimberly said. The lost 



water - estimated by Wimberly 
to be between 350,000-450,000 
gallons - ran into a drainage ditch 
not visible from the road. 

The malfunction occurred on 
the weekend, and crews did not 
catch the problem, Wimberly said. 

Monitors at the water treatment 
plant reported a decrease in the 
water storage capacity Monday 
morning. Workers identified the 
problem's origin and fixed the valve 
that day, Wimberly said. 

By Monday afternoon, it was 
evident the water plant could not 
maintain the supply of treated 
wafer, Wimberly said. 

The water treatment plant 
could not push out treated water 
any faster. The issue was conserving 
water to catch up with the amount 
lost, Wimberly said. 



"The city of Natchitoches has 
plenty of water available. What we 
were facing was the ability to catch 
up with the water treatment curve," 
Wimberly said. 

Clarence and Hagewood, who 
purchase water from Natchitoches, 
voluntarily shut off their systems 
to conserve water for Natchitoches 
Monday. 

Both systems had enough water 
storage capacity to fully supply their 
customers. No one went without 
water, Wimberly said. 

Natchitoches was back at 50 
percent of its reserve capacity 
Tuesday, which is normal for this 
time of year, Wimberly said. 

The voluntary water 
conservation should only last until 
the dry spell ends and it starts 
raining, Wimberly said. 



Water conservation tips: 

■ limit watering plants 



limit car washing 



do not leave faucets running 



take shorter showers 



Officials start work on new dorm 



Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

The barren lot left by Rapides 
Hall received the first sign of 
progress Tuesday as officials broke 
ground for University Place II, a $17 
million apartment-style housing 
complex scheduled for completion 
by fall 2008. 

Addressing a crowd of about 
50 people - consisting primarily 
of NSU officials, local politicians 
and superintendents of the 
construction - President Randall J. 
Webb welcomed what he called "a 
seminal occasion in the history of 
the university." 

The groundbreaking marks 
the most recent development of a 
major effort by NSU to revamp on- 
campus housing, which has already 
yielded changes in management, 
new housing facilities, closures of 
some dorms and could lead to the 
renovation of others. 

University Place 1 1 will complete 
the second phase of a project 
launched by Century Campus 
Housing Management, a company 
already operating University Place 
and University Columns at NSU. 
Century is the largest owner and 
manager of on-campus student 
housing in the country according 
to its Web site. 

Jimmy Long, chairman of the 
University of Louisiana System 
Board of Supervisors, praised 
NSU for its successful transition 
to privatized on-campus housing 
and being the first university in 
the state to venture to do so. Long 
said the outcome has led to the 
implementation of the same style 
in all eight of the ULS schools. 

The new complex promises to 
strongly resemble University Place 
but will feature a central section 
that joins its three wings in the 
middle, Jennifer A. Kelly, director 
of Auxiliary Services said. 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 

President Randall J. Webb and other community leaders representing the lead companies involved in the contruction 
of University Place II shovel the first few loads of dirt during the ground breaking ceremony Tuesday, August 28, 2007. 
About 50 people gathered to watch the ceremony. 

Officials sounded confident 
about the Fall 2008 opening despite 
delays in the opening of University 
Place, two years ago which impacted 
and displaced hundreds of students 
planning to move in. Kelly referred 
to the one-year timetable as "not a 
problem." 

University Place II is being 
erected on the site of the former 
Rapides Hall, which served as a 
men's dormitory for 40 years before 
being closed in 2005 and finally 
demolished last spring. 

Chris Sampite, director of 
the Physical Plant, attributed 
the closure to a lack of modern 
amenities demanded by students 
now as well as an "unattractive" 
layout. 

"The primary reason is that it 
lacked elevators and sprinklers and 
had central bathrooms," Sampite 
said. 

Rep. Taylor Townsend, D- 
Natchitoches, an NSU alumnus, 
said Tuesday Rapides was "an 
eyesore" even during his days as a 
student. 

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President Randall J. Webb addresses the audience during the ground breaking 
ceremony for University Place II on Tuesday. 



over a renovation because the hall 
had "too many limitations," Sampite 

said. 

Renovations of other dorms 
have not been ruled out, but there 
was no official word last week as to 
when these might begin. 

Also, Varnado Hall will receive 
priority in the foreseeable future, 
but the university would "play it by 
ear" for the time being, Webb said. 



Bossier Hall, which was not 
originally intended to be operational 
this semester, was opened at the 
beginning of the semester and is 
already pushing full occupancy, 
because of an unusually low 
amount of no-shows this semester 
and students sticking to their 
room assignments, Sheila Gentry, 
director of Campus Community, 
said. 



Students gain 
from on-campus 
parking changes 

Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

The NSU parking and traffic 
committee made new changes to 
several parking lots this summer. 

The Friedman Student Union 
west parking lot behind Kyser 
Hall originally was for commutes; 
however, it is now for faculty ajid 
staff. 

The main reason for the parking 
lot changes was to provide faculty 
with more parking options, which 
were lacking in the past, Student 
Government Association President 
Shayne Creppel said. 

The student union west parking 
lot is near five main buildings thai 
faculty and students use, but the 
parking lot did not accommodate 
everyone. 

"The only place [faculty] had 
to park was student union north 
(between the Student Union and 
FACS building)," University Police 
Chief Rickie Williams said. "They 
were having to park in commuters' 
spaces and just anywhere they 
could find to park." 

The parking lots used by 
Boozman Hall residents and behind 
East and West Caspari Halls have 
been changed to commuter parking 
lots. 

"Nothing is being taken away 
from the students," Creppel said. 
"The parking spaces are actually 
being expanded." 

After 3 p.m. parking lots are 
open to any student, Williams said. 

Creppel and Williams advise 
students to pay careful attention 
to the lots they park in to avoid 
parking violation tickets. 

For complete details about all 
the parking changes be sure to pic k 
up a campus map at fee payment or 
at the Friedman Student Union in 
room 214. 



Police praise campus security gates' effectiveness 



Bobbie Hayes 

Staff Reporter 

University Police officials are 
proud of what the security gates 
have done - calling the NSU 
community "a better and safer 
place" - since their installation last 
year. 

The gates close every night 
at 10 p.m. and reopen between 
5:30 and 6:00 a.m. except during 
holidays where no students are on 



campus. 

They block every street 
entrance to campus except Caspari 
Street. Therefore, anyone entering 
campus between those hours must 
pass though one entrance. 

At the Caspari Street 
entrance sits a well-lit booth with 
a University police officer and two 
cameras inside, University Police 
Chief Ricky Williams said. 

Incoming and outgoing traffic 
is each monitored by one camera. 



There is also an additional security 
camera that is perched at the top 
of the football stadium looking 
directly down on the checkpoint. 
Unless answering a call made to 
the police, the booth is manned all 
night long. 

This police officer is looking for 
a NSU hangtag on any vehicle. If the 
vehicle has the hangtag they may 
continue through the gate without 
interruption. "If they don't have a 
hangtag we stop them and log them 



in with their licence plate number 
and other information so that we 
know exactly who is on campus," 
Prescott said. 

"The main idea is to stop people 
from being on campus when they 
have no good reason," Williams 
said. 

The gates were installed last 
year after donations were made by 
an NSU alumnus to provide for the 
added security measure. 

"We have been wanting to do it 



for quite sometime," Prescott said. 
"We wanted to make it a more 
secure environment for the NSU 
community." 

The gates have certainly been a 
deterrent for crime on campus and 
at times, someone will drive almost 
directly up to the gate only to turn 
around at the sight of the occupied 
booth, Williams said. 

Any questions about campus 
security should be directed to 
University Police. 





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Cupid shuffles for SAB Event 



Kevin Clarkston 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Activities Board 
started the new semester off with 
a bang Wednesday 
with its first major 
event, Lifestyles 
of the Rich and 
Famous. 

As students 
entered the 
Friedman Student 
Union ballroom 
they were treated 
to free massages, 
free food and facials 
courtesy of Mary 
Kay cosmetics. 

SAB member 
Waylon Metoyer 
said he came up with the ideas for 
the facials and massages. 

Metoyer was also instrumental 
in getting R&B singer Cupid to 
perform his hit song, "The Cupid 
Shuffle," at the event. 



"Do it because you 
love to do it. 
Understand the 
business, 
learn the business, 
but do it 
because you 
love to do it" 

~Cupid 



It was not too difficult getting 
Cupid to perform, Metoyer said. 

"It was all about getting him 
scheduled to come. He was happy to 
come back to Louisiana," Metoyer 
said. 

Cupid even 
expressed interest 
in making future 
appearances at 
NSU, Metoyer 
said. 

The SAB's next 
major events will 
be Homecoming 
and an upcoming 
casino night, 
Metoyer said. 
Cupid was the 
event's major 
draw. 

During his performance he 
sung several songs from his soon- 
to-be released album "Time for a 
Change," and during "The Cupid 
Shuffle," students rushed to the 
dance floor to do their dance. 



The Lafayette-native Cupid, 
whose name is Bryson Bernard, 
credits his Louisiana upbringing 
for his musical sound. 

"Being in between bounce in 
New Orleans, jig in Baton Rouge, 
screw in Texas, all the different 
elements combined kind of makes 
a sound like the 'Cupid Shuffle"' 
Cupid said. 

The singer also seemed unfazed 
with potentially being seen as a one 
hit wonder. 

"An artist can produce three 
singles at one time and you could 
be a three hit wonder," Cupid said. 

"Anybody that drops their first 
single as a new artist always has that 
cloud over their head regardless of 
whether it's a dance song, a love 
song, a fight song, whatever it is." 

For any would-be performers, 
Cupid gives this piece of advice. 

"Do it because you love to do 
it. Understand the business, learn 
the business, but do it because you 
love to do it." 




Students shuffled into the Student 
pid perform at the SAB's first event 



Photo by Devon SmHI 
Union Ballroom on Wednesday to see 
of the year. 



Art exhibit showcases 



Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 

Students and community 
members were invited to attend the 
artists' reception Thursday night for 
the 2007 Faculty Art Exhibition. 

Fine arts students strolled 
through Hanchey Art Gallery with 
pencils poised over their notebooks, 
taking notes on the artwork. 

All of the faculty art was 
interesting, sophomore business 
major Patricia Doughty said, but 
the acrylic three-dimensional art 
by Valerie Powell on the first floor 
was particularly interesting. 

Powell, an adjunct professor of 
Design I from Pullman, Washington, 
selected pieces from her collection 
of hanging three-dimensional 
sculpture, "In Recovery," to appear 
in the exhibit. 

"They're definitely organic," 
Powell said. 

Powell purchased 8x11 sheets 
of Shrinky Dink (shrinkable) plastic 
material, cut out circles in varying 
sizes and applied acrylic paint to 
them. She then "cooked" the plastic 
in an oven, attached them to long 
strings and secured them at the 
bottom with copper wire. 

"This is just part of the work," 
Powell said. "There's about 400 
pieces of them altogether, these are 
only about 115 of them. For me to 
work an idea out fully, I need to do 
it a lot." 

Powell uses vivid, cosmetic 
hues to attract the viewer to her art 
and conceal her personal narrative 
at the same time, according to her 
Web site, ValeriePowell.com. 




Photo by Jen Kaup 

Faculty artist Valerie Powell's three dimensional acrylic designs float in the 
lower level of the Hanchey Gallery. 




Photo by Jen Kaup 

Doughty and Spradling discuss the visual effects of a piece by James Pipes, III, 
Adjunct Instructor of Art at NSU. Pipes combined watercolor with screenprint- 
ing to produce an artistic interpretation of binary code. 

"Veiling images creates a human tendencies: to hide, to 
visual metaphor for universal pretend, compartmentalize or to 



be transparent," Powell wrote on 
her Web site. 

Powell created the pieces 
between 2006 and 2007. 

Sophomore liberal arts major 
Gwen Spradling spent about an 
hour at the exhibition and said she 
was impressed by three paintings by 
Shawna Atkins, adjunct instructor 
of art. 

"Her trademark, it seems, at 
this point, is morbid images, if 
that's not obvious," said Spradling, 
gesturing at the tombstones in the 
paintings "Cancer Alley" and "Kill 
yr lovers Kill yr Idols." 

The faculty exhibition 
also features four mixed 
media sculptures by Michael 
Yankowski, who teaches graphic 
communications, photography and 
design at NSU. 

Yankowski incorporates 
elements of nature, technology and 
faith into his artwork. 

Yankowski's wooden sculptures 
on display at the Faculty Exhibit are 
entitled "The Obstacle," "Ancestors 
of the Electronic Age" and "Fish 
and Chips or Trout w/ PCBC." 

Yankowski's fourth sculpture 
is accompanied by the caption: 
"Attention please: I'm untitled; 
can you give me a name? Love, 
Yankowski's Sculpture." 

Beneath the caption, students 
and community members wrote 
down their suggestions, including 
"Sailing loft," "Geometric 
Trinity" and "The World's Most 
Ineffective Battering Ram." 

Yankowski's clever techniques 
and works of art focusing on the 
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5GA revises old bylaws 



Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

The Student Government 
Association will be revising the 
bylaws this semester within their 
organization to provide clarity. 

The revision of the 
bylaws will provide more order 
and organization within the SGA, 
president Shayne Creppel said. 

The SGA has a number of 
projec ts planned, such as updating 
the appearance of the Friedman 
Student Union, implementing a 
recycling program on campus and 



improving the Demon discount. 

A recycling program 
would raise environmental 
awareness among NSU students, 
but the SGA would have to make 
sure the program was widely 
promoted, freshman elementary 
education major Kasey Benoit said. 

"I hey tried to 
implement something like that 
at my high school," Benoit said. 

Student organizations 
set up several recycling bins 
around the high school campus, 
but the students did not respond 
to the program because it was not 



advertised well enough, Benoit said. 

"Nobody used them because 
no one knew what they were for. If it 
[a recycling facility at NSU) wasn't in 
a location that was easily accessible 
for all students to get to, I don't think it 
would be very successful," Benoit said. 

This semester, students 
will have the opportunity to vote 
on many important issues that 
could affect them, Creppel said 

SGAelcctionsarecomingup 
soon and there are three positions for 
class senators available, Creppel said. 

All students are allowed to 
participate in meetings and projects 



associated with SGA. Also, students 
interestedinSGAcangotowww.nsula. 
edu/SGA to get more information. 

At the SGA meeting on 
Monday, Creppel stressed the 
importance of student pride at NSU. 

The SGA wants to build 
school spirit by making posters for 
the football , inviting students to 
attend SGA meetings on Monday 
nights in the student union and 
tailgating at the Sept. 8 game. 

"This is the university 
were students come first," Creppel 
said. "Ihey [students] should be 
very proud to be a NSU Demon." 



Answer this... 

What percentage of NSU students do you thinlt 
would recycle on campus? 



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B) 40 % 

C) 20 % 

D) 10 % 

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I'm going to start this column 
by assuming that most of the 
students here at NSU have some 
form of intelligence. How this 
intelligence leads to binge drinking 
is actually well thought out. 

Which is the better deal when 
you are thirsty, a 32 
ounces beverage for 
,$1.09 or a 20 ounces 
beverage for $1.35? 

I'm ignoring 
3he fountain drinks 
because of their lack 
of portability and 
storage. 

The smart student 
would realize that the 
32 ounces beverage is the better 
deal because they are paying three 
cents an ounce, compared to six 
cents an ounce with the 20 ounces. 
For those of you wondering, the 32 
ounces beverage is a bottle of name 
brand beer, where the 20 ounces is 
a name brand soda. 

This brings me to my main 
point. 

The reason binge drinking is so 
prevalent in American universities 
is the availability of inexpensive 
liquor. If you have had a hard day, 
or just want to unwind, why go buy 
a soda or a cup of coffee where you 
[can spend much less - 50 percent 
tess by volume - and still get a 
refreshing drink. 



Does this 
drinking OK? 

Not by a long shot. 
The reasons for binge drinking 
are numerous, but for guys it really 
boils down to showing off. There 
are many qualities defining a man's 
manhood, some of 

which 

can be 
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Perspectives on 
binge drinking 



by Chris Reich 

Sauce Photographer 



"The reason 
binge drinking 
in is so prevelant 
in American 
universities is 
playing tne availability 

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a fight, 
having a 
fast car, 



liquor!' 

-Chris Reich 



and being able to hold 
their liquor. 

So if a guy can 
do a 30-second keg 
stand, and still be 
fine, then he is a man 
because of the amount of alcohol 
he can hold. Or at least in the eyes 
of some, he is a man. 

Binge drinking has a lot of nasty 
side effects - the least of which is 
a hangover - such as destroying 
your liver, which you need; driving 
under the influence, which can land 
you in jail with Tyrone, the overly 
friendly cellmate; and even death. 
All of these can be side effects of 
binge drinking. 

What about the social aspects? 



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For some guys, the way their 
guy friends view them is all that 
matters, but most girls 
I know don't suddenly 
find a guy who can down 
a suitcase in an hour 
desirable. 

There is also the 
fact their speech will be 
slurred and chances are 
high every girl at the 
party can be hit on or 
used as a support rail. 

If a guy is that drunk 
at the parties he attends 
almost every week, 

then what trustworthy 

aspects does he offer for 
a relationship? 

Binge drinking, while a way to 
prove his manhood, still leaves the 
guy with unattractive qualities girls 
will not most likely admire. 

So, go ahead, binge drink all 
you want, but odds are you will be 
left there with the guys. 

Chris Reich is a senior 
journalism major. The views 
expressed do not necessarily 
represent those of the entire Sauce 
staff or those of the university. 



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Free enterpise may 
strengthen New Orleans 



By Chris Watts 

Opinions editor 

The two-year anniversary 
of Hurricane Katrina finds the 
state of Louisiana drowning in 
stagnant reconstruction efforts and 
Walter Boasso-sized homeowner's 
insurance chaos. 

As a gubernatorial election 
approaches, Louisiana is in a 
transition period. With a bit of 
luck and the right people in place, 
the city of New Orleans has a 
chance to shine some optimism in 
the doubtful eyes of our country. 
Overlooking the rampant crime 
and decaying infrastructure of 
New Orleans is like overlooking 
lesus doing keg-stands at a frat 
party, but some economic progress 
is igniting flames of hope, thanks to 
free enterprise. 

New Orleans suffered a net 
loss of 2,951 employers between 
the last pre-Katrina quarter and 
the first quarter of 2006, according 
to a report done by Louisiana State 
University Economic Development 
department. 

Yet, New Orleans has gained 
a net 968 employers over the last 
three quarters of 2006, representing 
a return of about 80 percent, 
according to a recent article in 
Business Week. 

Young entrepreneurs, who are 
placing the traditional tourism and 
oil industries on the backburner 
and investing in technology, are 
leading the economic "Battle of 
New Orleans". These entrepreneurs 
see New Orleans as a city with 
significant long-term potential. 

New Orleans' outrageous 
crime rates have inflicted a gunshot 
wound to its tourism industry and 
swayed almost 60 percent of its 
population from moving back. 
Rebuilding the economy over a 



foundation based on technology 
and innovation may be the only way 
to spurt growth in the "Big Uneasy," 
considering the circumstances. 

Cheap start-up costs make 
the Crescent City an attractive 
consideration for young go-getters. 
Business starters could pay up to 
10 times as much money for office 
space in bigger cities like New York, 
according to Business Week. 

Realigning the economy of New 
Orleans may also help keep college 
graduates in the state after college, 
another problem that has plagued 
Louisiana. In the past, Louisiana has 
been infamous for losing its college 
grads due to its lack of opportunity 
and economic growth. With a new 
economy, graduates from Tulane, 
Loyola and the University of New 
Orleans may have places for them 
after graduation right at home. 

Once again, free enterprise has 
trumped government dependence. 
Entrepreneurs from the private 
business sector have given New 
Orleans a fighting chance. 

While positive government 
impactonpost-KatrinaNewOrleans 
is close to non-existent, donations 
from private organizations have led 
the way in the rebuilding process. 
Free market entrepreneurs, not 
government, will spark the growth 
needed to give New Orleans any 
fighting chance it needs to survive. 

While Louisiana has been 
left stranded by two hurricanes 
and incompetent government to 
hitchhike its way down the road 
to recovery, she may have caught 
a ride into town, at least, thanks to 
the private business sector. 

Chris Watts is a senior 
journalism major. The views 
expressed do not necessarily 
represent those of the entire Sauce 
staff or those of the university. 



Add alcohol to any situation 
and you will undoubtedly find 
yourself a part of a social experiment 
that yields results including - but 
not limited to - memory 
loss, hangovers, 
injuries and bar tabs 
that might lead to the 
start or termination 
of relationships and 
reputation. 

While everyone 
who chooses to 
consume alcohol seems 
to experience these 
side effects at one time or another, 
it seems as though girls deal with 
a whole other world of issues in 
addition to the earlier mentioned 
consequences. 

Girls have to deal with 
the highly critical opinions of 
their fellow females, which gain 
momentum with every whisper 
and secret bathroom conference at 
any party or nightclub. 

It seems as though many guys 
hold true the belief if a girl has an 
alcoholic beverage in her hand, 
she essentially becomes attracted 
to anyone. If some guys believe 
alcohol-induced attraction has 



suddenly developed, a girl is willing 
to make-out with (a) another girl (b) 
him or (c) another girl and him all at 
once. Whether an actual possibility 
or not, rest assured the proposition 
will always be presented. 

As far as the judgments of 
fellow females are concerned, a girl 
can fast track herself in several ways 
to the bad-reputation 
hot list. 

• A girl who 
disposes of any of 
her internal behavior 
filters with alcohol 
will indisputably be 
branded as "that girl." 
For the unfamiliar, 
by Lauren Sciba I the term "that girl" 
Staff Reporter I refers to 




blanket rather than a lush. Those 
who do drink must realize non- 
drinkers hold much power, such 
as the keys to the drunk's car and 
possibly incriminating photos. 

Alcohol lubricates unruly 
behavior by both girls and guys 
alike, yet the perception of the 
behavior of each gender makes all 
the difference. If a guy makes-out 
with four girls in a night, his friends 
will reward him with high-fives. If 
a girl behaved similarly, she'd be 
labeled as promiscuous. 

While drinking might be 
fun and considered by many to 
be recreational, everyone should 
realize that binge drinking ensures 
consequences. The severity of these 
effects varies from 



the female known for 
her alcohol-induced 
obnoxious and 

risque conduct. Keg girls in a night, not remember. 

girls, next time perhaps 
the question should be 
"Is a night of beer pong 

with high-fives" and hookin g u p with 



his friends will 
reward him 



"If a guy makes s aimn s a few P ounds 

to regrets someone 

out with for might be so lucky to 

So 

stands, public make 
out showcases and 
inappropriate removal 
of clothing may all 
warrant the title. 

And then there 
are the non-drinkers. 
Sometimes labeled as 
prudes or the ,( no-fun" individual 
who resists temptation to drink 



~Lauren Sciba 



that cute guy, and later, 
maybe his friend, really 
worth the rift in self- 
respect?" 



for whatever reason they choose. 
It seems to be less damaging, 
however, to be known as a wet 



Lauren Sciba is a senior journalism 
major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the entire 
Sauce staff or those of the university. 




Question of the Week 



What's the craziest thing 
you've seen someone do at a 
bar or party while under the 
influence? 



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Corrections 
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Clarifications 

An editing over-sight in 
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phrase. 

The correct sentence 
should have read "For 
too long have students 
walked these grounds 
in the attire of different 
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Sports Editor 
mdaniel()()l@student.nsula.edu 
August 29, 2007 



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Remembering Chris. 

Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

The Demon football team 
went through 
their normal 
post-practice 
routine 
Saturday. 
They met 
in the same 
spot as they 

do everyday with head coach Scott 
Stoker going through his normal 
notes and corrections. 

The team had trouble finding 
offensive rhythm after two solid 
days of practice. The team looked 
tired, a little bit sluggish. This 
always affects the offense first. So 
with a theatric speech, senior co- 
captain Ray Martin was called upon 
to give the team some insight. 

The team meets in the same 
spot after practice because it is on 
a portion of the field marked in 
remembrance of Chris Waddell. 
Martin, who was the same age 
as Waddell, was one of the many 
witnesses during spring practice 
when Waddell collapsed in that 
very spot 

Waddell died March 1, 2004, 
a victim of a rare condition called 
Kawasaki Syndrome, a disease 
he had been diagnosed with in 
his infancy, but cleared for all 
activities. The condition can lead to 
heart failure and hardening of the 
arteries 

When he reported to school 
that fall for his redshirt season, 
he showed no signs of irregularity 
during his August physical. 

The team remembers him by 
meeting between the 40 and 45- 
yard lines at Turpin Stadium where 
Waddell lay as he was gripped by 
a heart attack. Ironic as it was, he 
died playing. 

The speeches by Martin and 
Stoker were to stir the team to show 
the kind of heart Waddell showed. 
He left with no list of achievements 
or serious accolades. He was no 
sports hero, chased by autograph- 
hounding youths. 

Chris was just doing what he 
did everyday. He went to work. He 
was doing what he had to do for 
his scholarship, for his teammates 
and coaches. He was living with a 
condition he lived with since birth. 

Perhaps we can all learn 
something from Chris. 

As the new season approaches, 
we see these gridiron gladiators 
are no different from the rest of us. 
What made Waddell's life and death 
compelling is that he just did what 
he had to do, as all of us do. And we 
realize that doing what we have to 
do should not be taken for granted 
and that we should embrace it every 
day. 

"Chris wasn't a rah-rah guy. He 
was somebody who came out, did 
his job every day," Martin said. "He 
loved being part of this team." 

"He, his mom (Celeste 
Waddell), his family, they are 
forever a part of this," Stoker said. 

"Hopefully now, the guys who 
never knew him, the new guys 
here, understand the opportunity 
they have. Chris would love to be 
here with us, and in a way, he is." 

And he should be with all of 
us, every day, coach Stoker. We 
can all learn something from Chris 
Waddell's life and death; we should 
all embrace what we have been 
given and what we have to do. So 
remember Chris as you go to class 
to start the semester. He did what 
he had to do. Can you? 



Edmond pegged as week one 
starter against Henderson State 



Alex Michael 

Saute Reporter 

Football head coach Scott Stok- 
er seems to have a definite starting 
quarterback in Germayne Edmond 
going into the 2007 season 

The 2006 squad - with its year- 
long top-spot battle between quar- 
terbacks Ricky Joe Meeks and Roch 
Charpentier - finished with 187 
points for" the season. That makes 
two consecutive years where the 
Demons have been significantly 
outscored by the opposition, which 
is no surprise when you see the De- 
mons' 9-12 record over the last two 
season. 

The Purple Swarm defense has 



been steady, so the offense will at- 
tract the attention of most pessi- 
mistic eyes this fall, especially the 
quarterback. 

"Germayne Edmond won the 
job in fall camp," Stoker said. "He's 
a very smart football player with a 
lot of talent. He only played quar- 
terback one year in high school, 
but he played well for us as a fresh- 
man." 

Edmond shined in limited 
playing time as a freshman. He 
completed 15-34 passes for 190 
yards in six games, finishing with 
an impressive pass efficiency rating 
of nearly 105 yards. 

Edmonds debut, however, was 
against archrival McNeese State. 



Despite a Demons loss, Ed- 
mond completed 10-21 passes for 
133 yards and two scores through 
the air, while running for another 
59 yards on 15 carries. 

While Edmond is the offense's 
number one guy going into Sat- 
urday, Stoker did not dismiss the 
possibility of junior quarterback 
transfer Drew Branch getting some 
snaps as well. 

"Branch will get some playing 
time for us this year," Stoker said. 
"He's a young man who came to us 
from California this January with a 
lot of talent. He's got a very good 
arm, but can run the ball as well." 

While Edmond is going into 



the season with more knowledge 
and experience with the Demon of- 
fense, Branch managed to gain Ail- 
American Honorable Mention and 
All-Conference honors last season 
at Reedley College, but Scott Stok- 
er said there is no quarterback con- 
troversy this season. 

"I wouldn't say that there is 
a quarterback controversy at all," 
Stoker said. "These two guys are 
both very competitive and talented, 
but Germayne is our starting quar- 
terback." 

The Demon fans will get their 
first look at the quarterback when 
the Demons play at home Saturday 
against Henderson State. 



Volleyball team starts with full roster 



Courtesy of Sports 
Information 

Something odd appeared on 
the court on the first day of practice 
for the NSU Demon volleyball team 
on Thursday - a complete squad. 

For the first time in head coach 
Brittany Uffelman's time at NSU, 
her Demon team is opening fall 
drills with a full roster. 

"It was strange walking out 
onto the court and seeing all of 
those faces," said the second-year 
head coach who's beginning her 
fourth season on the coaching staff. 
"We were actually able to do drills 
on two courts today. That hasn't 
even been thought about in the 
past." 

The Demons, who finished 11- 
16 overall last season but qualified 
to the Southland, returns just five 
players with seven newcomers. 



But that's a mixture that doesn't 
concern Uffelman. 

"Although we're young, we've 
got more talent now than any of 
the years I've been here," she said. 
"There's a good blend of players 
that can play just about anywhere 
on the court when asked. The only 
concern I have is that the league is 
very experienced." 

NSU is picked for a fourth 
place finish in the East Division and 
ninth overall. 

Stephen F. Austin, who 
returns the bulk of last year's 
team that advanced in the NCAA 
Tournament, is picked to repeat as 
champions while McNeese State, 
last year's East Division champs, 
has been selected to repeat as well. 

"The league brings a lot of 
returners," said Uffelman. "SFA has 
been unbeaten (in conference play) 
the last two years and they lost only 



one key player. We are definitely a 
young team coming in, but with a 
lot more talent than we've ever had 
against an experienced conference. 
But that is something our girls are 
looking forward to." 

Returning are seniors Ariane 
Damasio - the team's top returning 
hitter, Janell Fisher-Thurston 
- who redshirted last season, and 
hitter Talita Santos, who Uffelman 
expects to be one of the top hitters 
this year. 

"She's a great jumper and has 
a lot of power in her hits," said 
Uffelman of Santos. 

Also returning from last year's 
squad is sophomore setter Megan 
Dockery, who led the team with 
1,073 assists, and outside hitter 
Yelena Enwere. 

The Demons welcome a 
handful of new players that will 
bring a lot of experience and talent 



to the court. 

The seven newcomers includes 
Texas A&M transfer Zanny Castillo, 
Henderson State transfer Markie 
Robichau, three junior college 
transfers - Luana Herriques, Emily 
Kauk and Angelica Picorelle, and 
two freshmen - Megan Manning 
and Loranda Spann. 

The Demons open the new 
season on Aug. 31 when they take 
on San Jose State in the Arkansas 
State/Bancorp South Classic. 

NSU will play its first home 
match on Sept. 11 against 
Louisiana-Monroe. 



Sports Brief 



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Wednesdj 

Football Head Coach Scott 
Stoker named four captains for the 
2007 season. The four seniors wen 
elected by their peers and includt 
an NSU basketball player. 

The two offensive captains are j^Crt*C*h£i 
tight end Clay Broyles and offensive 
tackle Demetrius Bell, who is also Qe+xAfLc- 
a standout forward for head coaclj 5 c J^Qj ars J^j 
Mike McConathy's basketball! fs 
squad. The two defensive captains] ^ memo 
are defensive ends Charlie Brooks 
and Ray Martin. P« 2 

Stoker named junior tailbad 4 A 

Byron Lawrence the starter in \^6%Cfy. ifr. 
a tight race between Lawrence 
senior Richuel Massey, sophomore 
Patrick Earl and Antonio Robinsoj 
and true freshman Jeremy Jeffersoij 
Lawrence was the starter for thi 
majority of last season, racking u| I 
821 yards and 4 touchdowns in hi 
sophomore season. 

Soccer The Demons droppet 
an exhibition game at home to Uici- . * 
1-0 in a warm-up Friday as ihingr********' 
cooled off from stifling early wed ^ Ghana 
conditions. The Owls out sin it h'^shares the 
coach Jimmy Mitchell's squad 20 pf peace 
2. Only 5 of the 20, however, wt'ifresponsibil 
shots on goal, while both of th|^ ^ 
Demons' shots were on goal. 

Mitchell seemed pleased hi 
team only allowed one goal againsf'' v ** % *' 
a very talented Rice squad that 
beat Big 12 powerhouse Texas la 
season. The young team had 
players see action. The Demoi 
will travel to Southwest Missoi 
for the regular season opener 
Friday. 




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LSMSA to renovate old Physical Plant 



David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 

Construction and renovation 
began two weeks ago around the 
old Physical Plant located near 
Morrison Hall, which has left some 
students asking questions. 

The construction is taking place 
in order to provide the Louisiana 
School of Math, Science and Arts 
with updated facilities. 

A security fence has been 
placed around the Physical Plant 
and historic Natchitoches Grade 
School. Although it is not very 
large, the security fence wraps 
around the premises entirely and 
keeps a person from approaching 
from any side. 

Sophomore Vince Usner 
occasionally passed through the 
Physical Plant parking lot before 
the security fence was placed as 
a means for a shortcut before the 
fence blocked his route. 

Security fence serves as a 
means to ensure the safety of 
others, Ebarb said. 

Pat Williams Construction 



- which is the crew contracted by 
LSMSA - requires the fence for 
"liability and insurance" purposes 
and to allow only authorized 
personnel into the hazardous 
construction zone, Ebarb said. 

The current construction 
is part of a large plan that first 
required LSMSA to purchase the 
property in exchange for the funds 
to help build a new facility for the 
Physical Plant employees, Ebarb 
said. 

Together, the funds from both 
the Physical Plant and LSMSA paid 
for the building of the new NSU 
Facility Services Complex, Ebarb 
said. 

LSMSA plans to demolish 
the old Physical Plant and rebuild 
a modern two-story facility. The 
facility will house a kitchen, 
cafeteria and the visual performing 
arts department, Ebarb said. 

Along with building the 
new facility, LSMSA has begun 
renovating the old Natchitoches 
Grade School, Ebarb said. 

LSMSA predicts a completion 
date of January 2009, Ebarb said. 




Photo by Michael Silver/the Current Sauce 

The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts bought the old Physical Plant between the Watson Library park- 
ing lot and Morrison Hall. Construction crews erected a safety fence while converting the building into a visual and 
performing arts building for students at LSMSA. 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 
Watson Library, located on University Parkway across from Campus Corner, 
will now close at 10 p.m., one hour earlier than last year. Library 
officials requested the change for the safety of its employees. 

Library locks up 
one hour early 



Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

The gates installed last year 
to enhance campus security may 
have contributed to unfavorable 
conditions on occasion for Watson 
Library personnel, leading to a 
change in its hours of operation 
this semester. 

"The gates close at 10 p.m. and 
people are looking for a place to go," 
director of Watson Library Fleming 
Thomas said. "We got some rather 
unsavory characters in here." 

Starting this semester the 
library will close its doors at 10 
p.m. on weeknights and Sundays, 
one hour earlier than in years past. 

There had not been any specific 
incidents that contributed to the 
decision, library officials describe 
the change as "preventive caution," 
Thomas said. The safety of library 
employees working late proved a 
major cause for concern. 

Detective Doug Prescott of the 
University Police also could not 
recall any exact occurrences or an 
increase in calls received from the 
library after the gates closed. 

The library frequently requests 
the police department to "run off" 
students smoking in the back of 
the building, but Prescott said he 
doubted the gates had made the 
situation worse. 

The library still intends to 
extend its closing time to midnight 



during final exams. 

"The University administration 
has asked that the library not remain 
open later than 10 p.m. when the 
campus gates close," according to 
the library's MySpace page. 

It was "the other way around,' 
however, and something the library 
had initiated, Thomas said. 

The amount of students 
impacted by the adjustment will 
be "practically none" as student 
traffic at the time of night runs low 
anyway. There have yet to be any 
complaints about the new hours, 
Thomas said. 



Students to teach in S. Korea 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 

Junior criminal justice major Michael 
Andrus opens the doors to Watson Li 
brary, which now close at 
10 p.m. for security reasons. 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

Five NSU students 
will be spending two 
months in South 
Korea as part of a case 
study for developing 
a new study abroad 
program. 

The five students 
willbeteachingEnglish 
in elementary, middle 
and high schools in 
Chungnam province, 
South Korea, College 
of Education assistant 
professor Kioh Kim 
said. 

"They will see 
a different world by 
team-teaching with 
Korean teachers," Kim 
said. 

The students have 
enrolled in a B-term, 
one hour course, 
for which they are 
responsible for the 
tuition and course 
fees; once in South 
Korea they will 
continue with the 
class via Blackboard, Kim said. 

Chungnam province, which 
is about 100 miles south of Seoul, 
will take care of the round-trip 
airfare, room and board with 
host families, visa application 
fees, health insurance and even a 
monthly allowance of $500 for the 
two months, Kim said. 

The five students accepted 
into the case study were Robert 
Tummons, Ryan Reid, Teranda 
Donatto, Mia Owens and Carolyn 
Sarkozi, though only one of these 
students is an education major, 
Kim said. 

"This is a wonderful 
opportunity for our candidates 
to study abroad and learn about 
the education system of another 
culture," Dean of Education Vickie 
Gentry said. "They'll come back as 
far better teachers and people after 
that experience." 

Another case study will take 
place in spring 2008, but the 
program will not be limited to 
NSU. The application process will 
be open to all eight universities 




Five students 
lish in a case 



will travel to South Korea's Chungnam 
study for a new study abroad program. 

under the University of Louisiana 
System Board of Supervisors, Kim 
said. 

The program is open to 
students of teacher education, 
foreign language and English, Kim 
said. 

This will allow them to select 
more students for a four-month 
period, Kim said. 

Chungnam Province will 
provide the spring participants 
with $1,000 a month during this 
case study, Kim said. 

The program will officially 
begin fall 2008, in which those 
selected to study abroad will teach 
their own subject instead of English, 
Kim said. 

These students will be able to 
fulfill their student teaching credit 
hour requirement through this 
program, Kim said. 

Kim said he came up with the 
idea for the program because he 
was born and raised in Chungnam 
Province and still knows a lot of 
people there. 

Kim came to the United States 



Courtesy of Wikipedia 

Province, shaded above, to teach Eng- 



as an exchange student and wanted 
to give back to his country, Gentry 
said. 

This program would give 
students in that province more 
opportunities to learn English as 
well as American and Louisianan 
culture, Kim said. 

The faculty visited the province 
for a week in May to visit the schools 
and develop a "friendly agreement" 
of exchanging students, Gentry 
said. 

"I needed to know what recruits 
would be getting into," Gentry 
said. "I needed to have firsthand 
knowledge before confidently 
talking to students and parents." 

Delegates from Chungnam 
province will come to Natchitoches 
to visit local schools and take part 
in the official signing ceremony on 
Oct. 17, 2008, legally converting 
Kim's idea into a full-fledged study 
abroad program, Gentry said. 

"Everyone in the faculty wants 
more international students and to 
develop international study here," 
Kim said. 





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News Editoi Li 

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Family creates 
scholarship 
in memory 
of math 
professor 

Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

The family of math instructor 
Cheryl Perot Donaho has 
established an endowed scholarship 
in her memory. 

Donaho, 55, died July 7 
from heart defibrillation, after 
overcoming cancer. 

She was a lifelong resident 
of Natchitoches and taught at St. 
Mary's School in Natchitoches for 
23 years. She taught at NSU for 
four years. 

"People have come up to me 
and told me how she helped them 
through high school and college," 
husband John Donaho said. "I 
never realized how much she 
touched people." 

The scholarship is for one year 
and available to incoming female 
freshman students who attended St. 
Mary's School. The student must 
be seeking a degree in education or 
business and must be involved in 
extracurricular activities. 

If a St. Mary student does not 
met the requirements, however, 
the family would consider an 
alternative candidate. 

"If there is not a female student 
from St. Mary's that will be attending 
NSU in business or education, the 
scholarship committee will look at 
an alternative teacher certification 
student on an needed basis," 
Donaho's sister-in-law and NSU 
faculty member Dee Dee Perot 
said. 

Also, the student must maintain 
a 2.5 or higher GPA. The faculty of 
St. Mary's and Donaho's family will 
select the scholarship recipient. 

One of her main reasons for 
teaching in her community was 
that she wanted to give back to her 
community and help in any way she 
could, John said. 




New dean takes care of business 



Jerry Wall 

Dean of Business 
Department 



Jadda Brokenberry 

Sauce Reporter 

The new Dean of business Jerry 
Wall is planning the future of the 
business department while tackling 
the jitters of his new job. 

"It is a little overwhelming at 
first," Wall said. "It's sort of like a 
fire hose. You have to take very 
small swallows, otherwise, you can 
drown." 

The new challenge of 
maintaining and improving the 
school's accredited business courses 
attracted Wall's attention. 

"You can do a bit more with it. 



You can take it, mold it, change it, 
and make things better," Wall said. 

Business majors can possibly 
look forward to having a form of 
computer information systems 
master's degree program put in 
place late this year or early next 
year. 

"Why offer something 
everyone else is doing? Why not 
offer something unique?" Wall said. 
"We have a very strong computer 
information systems here, and I 
think we ought to capitalize on 
that, as well as our accounting area, 
and somehow maybe put those two 
together, or maybe come up with 



something even better." 

Eventually, there will be entire 
business degree programs offered 
online, Wall said. 

Wall has been living in Monroe 
for the last 23 years. While there, he 
directed a business research center 
conducting statewide and regional 
research. 

Before moving to Monroe, 
Wall taught at various universities 
in Illinois and Iowa for 11 years. He 
primarily taught business courses, 
such as human resources and 
management. 

Right now, he is planning 
for Homecoming, in which the 



department will honor five busines 
graduates. 

NSU was one of the designate 
universities to bring the classel 
online. The program is til 
Continuum for All Louisian 
Learners (CALL), and begaj 
in August at Bossier Paris 
Community College. 

Wall said he is not rushin 
blindly into making any majo 
changes just yet. 

"My primary goal is really 
understand the college of Busine 
and the University and to 
acquainted... with the alumni," Wa 
said. 



Program calls out to adult learners 



Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

The Continuum for All 
Louisiana Learners program 
(CALL) began this semester at NSU 
for Louisiana adult learners. 

The CALL program is a joint 
initiative of NSU, Bossier Parish 
Community College, the Louisiana 
Board of Regents, the Southern 
Regional Education Board (SREB) 
and the Consortium for Education, 
Research and Technology of North 
Louisiana (CERT). 

The CALL program is for 
adults who earned some college 
credit but did not receive a college 
degree. 

For example, a former student 
who had an experience with NSU 
wants to get his degree from NSU, 
CALL coordinator Kershel Horton 
said. 

"Now even though he is out of 
state he can get a degree through 
the online services we offer," Horton 
said. 

The CALL program is ideal for 
students who were unable to earn a 
degree due to balancing work and 
family. 

"We are targeting adults 



that are 24 to 25 years of age and 
older," Darlene Williams, director 
of electronic and continuing 
education, said. "Any one is eligible 
to participate in the program but 
it is really geared to the working 
adults." 

Adult learners will be able to 
earn a bachelor's of general studies 
degree with a concentration in 
professional studies from NSU. 



"We try to 
assist 
(adult 
students) to 
get back into 
school and 
finish their 
degree for job 
improvement, 
raises, or just 
a better life'.' 

-Carl Henry, PLA 
advocate 



At BPCC, they could earn 
an associate's of applied science 
in business administration or 
computer information systems 



with a concentration in software 
applications at BPCC. 

"The program is an academic- 
partnership between BPCC and 
NSU," Williams said. "What the 
partnership allows is for students 
who perhaps have fewer than 60 
hours who are interested in just 
completing an associate's degree to 
go to BPCC and get that or greater 
than 60 hours to attend NSU 
and apply those hours towards a 
bachelor's degree." 

The degree programs offered 
through CALL allow students to 
complete degrees more rapidly 



than a traditional degree program. 

CALL adult learners can earn 
a degree online through a "fast- 
track" program. Fast-track courses 
are offered in four-week and eight- 
week sessions during fall, spring 
and summer semester. 

"The other component that 
distinguishes the CALL program 
from the typical program is what 
we call PLA," Williams said. 

The Prior Learning Assessment 
(PLA) is another benefit the 
program offers. Students can earn 
college credits from working, 
training, volunteering or personal 



experiences through PLA 

Students, for instance, wou 
present a portfolio assessment 
college level knowledge achieve 
from working, training, volunteer.! 
or personal experiences. 

"Life happens and [student! 
did not get to finish," PLA advocaj 
Carl Henry said. "We try to assij 
them to get back into schoj 
and finish their degree for jo I 
improvement, raises, or just 
better life." 

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in "good crowd/' though 
lower than expected 



Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

The Demon Rewards Program 
started with a blast of attendance 



signed up for the program. 

They were expecting between 
1,500 and 2,000 students to sign 
up at the NSU vs. Henderson State 
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at the first soccer exhibition game, 
but continued at a slower pace for 
the first NSU Demons football 
game last Saturday. 

"We were thrilled. We had 
a really good crowd," athletic 
marketing director Ryan Holloway 
said when describing the NSU 
soccer exhibition game on Aug. 24. 
"The coaches were excited about 
the turn out, and the students 
seemed to enjoy themselves." 

The Demon Rewards table was 
right at the entrance for the soccer 
exhibition game, and 136 students 



game attendance was so high, 
Holloway said. 

The total of new signups was 
475 students, but Holloway said 
only 115 students went to the 
table to sign up for the Demons 
Rewards Program. The other 360 
were band members and football 
players. 

"To be honest, we were pretty 
disappointed," Holloway said. "We 
hate coming up with excuses but... 
it was Labor Day weekend and it 
rained." 

The next point earning 



opportunity is tonight's soccer 
match at 7 p.m. for the NSU 
Soccer hosted Holiday Inn Express 
Classic. 

The NSU soccer team also 
plays on Sunday at 2 
p.m. Students can only 
earn points for attending 
the NSU games at the 
tournament, not the other 
teams' games, Holloway 
said. 

| Students can also earn 
■points by attending the 

Inext football this Saturday 

against the University of 
Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. 

The top people only have 
two points right now, but students 
should start looking out for double 
points nights, Holloway said. 
Students will be notified via email, 
NSU Demons website updates and 
cafeteria table tents. 

"We really want to challenge 
the students," Holloway said. "Of 
course we're pleased with the folks 
that came out, but we need more 
of them. I know that all of the kids 
that were there had a blast. They 
really enjoyed it." 





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The brass section of the Spirit of Northwestern marching band performs on the field during the first half-time show of the football season. 

Demon Band rocks first game 

Marching band members prepare 
for MSU's 2007 football season 



Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

lhe first football game of the 
season came early this year. 

The Spirit of Northwestern band 
has been practicing every day since 
Hug. 10 in preparation for the 100th 
year of Demon football, director of 
bands Kevin Richardson said. 

Their first performance will 
consist of two songs originally writ- 
ten by Bill Conti - "Power," written 
for the 1984 Olympic games and 
"Gonna Fly Now" from the 1976 
movie "Rocky," Richardson said. 

"You have to make it fun," Rich- 
ardson said. 

During band camp the sections 
jhoreographed their own marching 
drill and competed against each 
other, freshman electronic 
engineering technologies 
major Vincent Shackelford 
Skid. 

The band awarded 
a Chili's gift certificate 
to the winner of a 
marching 
fundamentals 
competition, 
or "drill down," 
Shackelford said 

"Drill down is like 
Simon Says," Shackelford said 

"Someone calls out a command 
and you do what they say, and even- 
tually the commands are called out 
progressively faster. At the end, who- 
ever is left standing is the winner." 

With many different sections, 
leaders must devise ways to keep 
their groups organized, freshman 
industrial engineering technology 



major Ryan Humphrey said. 

"Each section has their battle 
cry," Humphrey said. 

At the end of practice, each 
section's leader will yell and the rest 
of the section will respond. 

For example, the trumpet 
section leader will ^ yell 
'Trumpets, what 
is your 
profession?" 
and the 
rest of 
the 




section 

will respond "URAHHH." 

At the games, a major source of 
fun is spirit leader Scotty Dawson, 
who is responsible for pumping up 
the crowd by starting chants, Rich- 



ardson said. 

It's not all fun and games, 
however - heat plays an important 
factor. 

The pit practiced indoors 
until they got a trailer to transport 
their equipment to the field, but the 
other members of the band practiced 
outside in the parking lot of Prather 
Coliseum, Shackelford said. During 
band camp, the heat index reac hed 
up to 1 14degrees Fahrenheit, 
Richardson said. It 
is very easy for 
students to 
get sick if 
they are not 
careful. 

Band 
members have 
to make sure they 
drink enough water 
during the day or risk 
getting dehydrated, 
Shackelford said. 

There was an 
unexpected downpour during 
the first quarter of the game, but 
the rain stopped before the half time 
show. 

The Demon band will play 
for the pregame and halftime show at 
a Saints game on Oct. 7, Richardson 
said. 



Left: Photo by Michael 
Silver/ The Current Sauce. 
Freshman education major, 
LeeAnn Riley, is on the 
sidelines waiting to perform 
the pregame national 
anthem. 




Above: Photo by Chris Reich/The Current Sauce. The drumline 
performs for pregame set. 

Below: Photo by Amanda Duncil/ The Current Sauce. 
Students practice on the Prather Coliseum parking lot three 
days a week. 




Photos by Chris Reich 

Above: The Mini-Me cutout oversees a 5 minute water break during band practice. 

Right: Brendon Mizener, junior music education major, plays tympani in the pit at the game. 





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New English Professor 

Crank entertains and enlightens students 



Si Tucker 

Sauce Reporter 

Under 30 years old and right 
out of graduate school, James 
Crank, a new assistant professor of 
English, is not the old cookie-cutter 
English teacher. 

Originally from Memphis, 
Crank has been around. He grew 
up in Lake Charles and moved 
after high school to Missouri, 
where he studied and worked as 
an undergraduate at Washington 
University. 

He taught composition classes 
from 2000-2007 at the University 
of North Carolina. 

In the spring, he will teach a 
course on Southern renaissance. 

Crank does not look like he 
would drop you from his class; 
rather, he's got the personality of the 
guy you play video games with on 
the weekends. Crank said the last 
real gaming he ever did involved 
the original PlayStation. 

Crank's three favorite authors 
are William Faulkner, James Agee 
and Flannery O'Connor, but his 
favorite genre is African-American 
literature. 

Crank is teaching two African- 
American literature classes and two 
online Southern literature classes. 

"[O'Connor] has these really 
dark, kind of disturbing stories 



about freaks and... I'm really into 
that kind of thing," he said. 

Crank was hired last May while 
on a tour of the campus. 

By the time there was a position 
open at NSU, Crank had never been 
to Natchitoches. 

"It was a position for Southern 
Lit, which is what I was trained to 
do, and it's really my passion," he 
said. 

Because he grew up in 
Louisiana, Crank felt familiar with 
the area, and he "fell in love" with 
the campus and the department 
during his May visit. He was 
offered a job on the spot. 

Crank was fully prepared to 
come to town, except he didn't 

"It's been a 
long, long ride. 
But I feelgood, 
I mean, this is 
what I want to do, 
and it's kind of 
a calling" 

-James Crank 



know how to say its name. 

"It looks like it's spelled 'Nat- 
cha-toe-chess,' which sounds like 
Nacogdoches, which is in Texas," 
Crank said. 




Andrew James Crank 

Assistant Professor of English 

During an interview over the 
phone, Crank listened to how his 
interviewers were pronouncing the 
name and eventually resorted to 
referring to it simply as "northwest 
Louisiana." 

"I just made myself pronounce 
it thousands of times so that I 
wouldn't say it the wrong way when 
I got there," Crank said. 

Crank has done some writing 
for journals and iscurrently working 
on a book of collections from 
James Agee's formally unpublished 
works. 

"I was going to be an actor, 
and my acting teacher said, 'If you 
love something as much as acting, 
do it,'" Crank said. "I loved reading, 
and teaching— or thinking about 



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teaching— and so, I decided to 
go to graduate school instead of 
becoming an actor. 

After having virtual students 
this summer, Crank said he has 
enjoyed getting to know the 
students face-to-face. 

"They seem, for the most part, 
engaged and interested in class," 
Crank said. 

Crank worked hard during 
college and graduate school to 
become a college professor. 

"It's been a long, long ride. But 
I feel good, I mean, this is what I 
want to do, and it's kind of a calling," 
Crank said. 

There are, however, still some 
kinks to work out. 

"Right now I don't have a car," 
Crank said. "At UNC, I took public 
transportation. It was free." 

With no public transportation, 
people at NSU find reasons to drive, 
Crank said. 

"It's very different here . . .people 
drive less than half a mile," Crank 
said. 

"They'll be like, 'Oh, I have to 
go over to the student union. You 
want to drive?'" 

"I'm like the bum of the 
department. I'm always saying, 
like, 'Oh, are you done for the day? 
Do you have your car with you?' 
So I feel really bad about that right 
now." 



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Greeks offer formal recruitment! 



Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 

Greek hopefuls perused their 
option as the Inter- Fraternal Council 
recruited for Rush Week from Aug. 
28-31. 

The Office of Fraternity 
and Sorority Life helps Greek 
organizations with recruitment 
during Rush week, assistant director 
for Greek Life Olivia Acosta said. 

"It's an opportunity for the 
student body to join a fraternity 
or sorority," Acosta said. "This is 
typically the time of year at the 
beginning of each semester where 
the organizations will do large-scale 
events where the primary goal is to 
bring in new people." 

There are three governing 
councils at NSU, consisting of the 
College Pan-Hellenic Council, the 
National Pan-Hellenic Council and 
the Inter-Fraternal Council, Acosta 
said. These councils are divided into 
fraternities and sororities, which 



are divided into chapters specific to 
NSU. 

Sophomore journalism major 
Miller Daniel is a member of Kappa 
Sigma, Theta Mu chapter. Daniel 
is also a delegate on the IFC, which 
is the governing body of all of the 
fraternities here. 

Any student can participate in 
Rush week, but freshmen are the 
main targets of the advertisements 
because it is important for new 
students to get involved and establish 
a good base of friends, Acosta said. 

Freshman accounting major 
Jessica Nuss participated in 
recruitment activities during the 
week before classes started and 
will pledge for Phi Mu, Kappa lota 
chapter, in October. 

When Nuss was deciding on 
a sorority, she based her decision 
on how comfortable she felt with 
the girls in the sisterhood, their 
philanthropy and finding a house she 
loved. 

"When 1 came up here for 



Freshman Connection, they told me 
about Rush Week, and I wasn't going 
to Rush at first, but just being so far 
away from home and just needing 
that support system and all," Nuss 
said. "I went to an all-girls school 
when I was back in New Orleans and 
just having that support of having all 
these girls around me, it just seemed 
like a good experience." 

Rush attendees are broken 
up into groups which visit three 
different houses every night until 
they have visited all the houses, 
Daniel said. 

Nuss attended informational 
and recruitment events with 
friend. Each house offers something 
positive, Nuss said. 

"So we went through rush week 
and we went through all the activities, 
visiting all the houses, and it was just 
a really good experience." 

Students with questions 
about recruitment can visit Acosta's 
office in the Friedman Student 
Union, but Acosta encourages 
students to talk to other students. 



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Mew study: 90 firearms per every 100 US citizens 



By Andrew Wiseman 

Guest Columnist 

I read with great dismay on the 
Internet, a current survey report 
mi individual gun syndrome. This 
crucial and controversial issue has 
not only deteriorated into a global 
talamity, but ironically the United 
Ettes is ranking first on the list, 
followed by India and China. 

Erroneously, the report 
is attributing the menace to 
this leading nation's economic 
buoyancy. If one should critically 
inalyze and tabulate the findings, it 
will be obvious that, it is rather the 
difference between the haves and 
the have-nots. 

The bourgeoisie inevery society 
will always keep guns to protect 
itself against the discontent and 
downtrodden. This underdog class, 
tut of resentment and bitterness, 
wields the same weapons, but 
ire ready to pull the trigger at the 
mallest provocation. 



Louisiana is no stranger to what 
is happening. If anyone should be 
pursuing peace, we in this Southern 

state should make it a 

priority as a result of the 
thick and thin this recent 
ill-tempered wind has 
subjected us to still find 
our feet. 

Apparently, a 
rising level of wealth 
should cause people to 
be looking out for one 
another. We should 
be able to tolerate one 
another and live in peace 
and tranquility, so as to 
enjoy fruits of our own 
labor. 

Honestly, this should 
be the challenge of the 
century. Resolving to do 
the right thing should be 
our sole aim. 

Yet, unfortunately, it is evident 
that we are more ready than ever to 
extinguish ourselves. As a matter of 



fact, this individual gun scarecrow 
is presently surpassing the nuclear 
threat. 



Interesting 
enough, Nigeria, 
one of the oil 
rich Nations, 
is ranked top 
in the African 
continent. Yet in 
a country where 
some private 
individuals are 
wealthier than 
their federal 
government, 
with business 
tycoons and drug 
cartels having 
their own gun- 
- toting gangsters, 
the prevalence is 
even lower than anticipated. 

One influencing factor 
is government. Most African 
government officials of the day 



"Philanthropic 
and humanitar- 
ian organizations, 
church leaders and 
numerous peace 
advocates could 
raise funding and 
buy guns away 
from private 
owners" 

~Andrew Wiseman 



- whether they be democratically 
elected or hook or crook dictators 
with their henchmen - are able 
to maneuver and manipulate the 
system to suit their needs. 

Constitutions could be 
amended overnight and new 
decrees put in place. Freedom 
of speech becomes a fallacy and 
controlling individual gun flow is a 
matter of a heartbeat. 

The stunning report is 
asserting that in the United States 
today, the ratio is 90 guns to every 
100 people. Subtracting the elderly, 
feeble dependants, and even babies 
are armed to the brim against their 
nursing mothers. 

Again, the bottom lines are 
where there is progress and a fair 
share of the national cake, seldom 
would people point guns at one 
another. 

No matter the rage and surge 
in cultural and racial differences, 
parties will learn to bury their 
hatchets. If charity begins at 



home, then it is time that we in 
Louisiana set the pace by coming 
up with drastic measures against 
this predicament, or at least make 
conscious efforts to curb it before it 
escalates. 

There is an old tradition of re- 
buying unlicensed guns through 
persuasion.Prominentpersonalities 
in various communities could be at 
the forefront. 

Philanthropic and 
humanitarian organizations, 
church leaders and numerous 
peace advocates could raise funding 
and buy guns away from private 
owners. 

Although we can't refrain 
everyone from owning guns, a 
compromise can be circumvented. 
Shalom. 

Andrew Wiseman is a freshman 
non-traditional student. The 
views expressed do not necessarily 
represent those of the entire Sauce 
staff or those of the university. 



Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Michael Vick should be justly punished 



Sarah Cramer 

Guest Columnist 

Since the Roman Empire, dog 
fighting has been practiced as a 
means of gambling, and a rather 
sickening form of entertainment. 

It has been illegal in the United 
States since the 1860s, yet this so- 
tailed sport still attracts gamblers 
ind spectators from all over the 
ountry, one of whom is Michael 
tick. 

Vick, a former Virginia Tech 
iokie, was the first draft pick of the 



Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL 
Draft, a career that pays a yearly 
income well into the millions. 

Such a career does not allow 
any kind of gambling. 

So why would such renowned 
quarterback participate in these 
dogfights? 

Vick may have been in it for the 
money. Bets are made during these 
dogfights, and it is not unusual for a 
gambler to place up to $100,000 on 
p just one dog. It would seem pretty 
strange, however, for a man of such 
wealth to put his profession on the 
line for such a risky game. 



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On the other hand, Vick may 
find himself to be somewhat above 
the law. We often see celebrities 
commit minor 
offenses and 
attempt to charm 
their way out of the 
situation. 

Perhaps Vick 
was trying his hand 
at this "celebrity 
magic," only to 
learn that this charm can only take 
one so far. The outcome may have 
been a bit more positive if he had 
known the difference between a 



Sarah Cramer 

Guest Columnist 



The boys aren't alright 



By Mathew Morrison 

Guest Columnist 

In a recent Time magazine 
article entitled "The Boys Are All 
Right," author David Von Drehle 
not only wrote that boys are falling 
behind girls in elementary school 
academics, but also why. 

According to this article, it's 
all in the behavior. Due to the wild 
behavior that is natural in most 
young boys, many teachers mark 
them as "dim" or "stupid." This, in 
turn, gives the boys a mind-set that 
they cannot succeed in academics, 
which unfortunately carries on to 
the middle- and high-school ages. 

These 



young men, 
already 
convinced 
they will fail, 
seem not to 
care about 
education. 



Mathew Morrison 

Guest Columnist 



Unfortunately, this is one of many 
problems facing young boys today. 

Ask any young boy what he is 
expected to do for recreation, and 
the answer will most likely involve 
sports and the outdoors. But ask 
any boy what he wants to do to 
have fun, and you may not always 
get the same answers. 

Some may tell you they'd prefer 
to read inside; others would rather 
play baseball or basketball. Others 
would prefer to act in plays, sing in 
choir or swim on a hot day. Notice 
that what they want to do and what 
is expected of them by parents and 
society don't always mesh. 

Then there is the problem of 
forced masculinity. 

Beginning at an early age, boys 
are expected by peers, teachers and 
even parents to act as masculine 
as possible. Parents sign up their 
young boys for T-ball simply 



because he is a male, regardless of 
whether or not he wants to play. 
Teachers and peers in elementary 
school fully expect to be rough and 
athletic, discouraging the arts and 
academia. 

Any boy who oversteps these 
"gender boundaries" by staying 
inside to read or work on an 
overdue art project is subjected 
to names such as "sissy" or "nerd." 
While this is not always the case, 
the treatment in nonetheless unfair 
and increases pressure to "act like a 
man." 

Gender segregation in 
elementary school is an unseen 
problem that sorely needs to be 
addressed. Children are strongly 
. encouraged to play only in same 
sex groups and to act aggressive 
or competitively towards the 
opposite. 

This constant and fierce 
behavior from both sides is 
encouraged by many teachers 
and accepted. To make matters 
worse, teachers often pit boys 
against girls in class, emphasizing 
life as a constant competition 
between the sexes. 

All of the above problems 
and many more face not only the 
young boys, but also young girls 
in America today. Society as a 
whole puts too much pressure on 
these children to act their "gender," 
providing a conveniently rigid 
boundary. 

Until society allows its children 
to see each other as human beings 
and not male or female, better 
or worse, straight or gay, black or 
white, problems of discrimination 
will continue to plague the 
American culture. 

Mathew Morrison is a freshman 
journalism major. The views expressed 
do not necessarily represent those of 
the entire Sauce staff or those of the 
university. 



minor offense and a minor felony. 

Dog fighting originated within 
the walls of the Coliseum during 
the Roman Empire. Much 
like the gladiators, they 
provided entertainment for 
spectators who were not so 
faint of heart. 

Is it possible that Vick 
found dogfights this 
entertaining as well, possibly 
even more enjoyable than 
football? 

If this is the case, then it is 
pretty disturbing to think this is 
the man the youth of America have 
been admiring. 

In fact, it may have come as 
a shock to most upon hearing the 
allegations against Vick, though 
with one look into his past, it no 
longer seems so surprising. 

He has been suspected of several 
minor offenses, including stealing 
in Atlanta's Hartsfield International 



Airport and distributing marijuana 
in 2004, but was able to dodge any 
charges. 

In March 2005, a lawsuit was 
filed against him for knowingly 
spreading genital herpes to a 
woman, without informing her of 
his disease. 

On Aug. 27, Vick plead guilty 
to financing and running dogfights, 
but he did not miss the opportunity 
to throw in some of that "celebrity 
magic." He showed great remorse 
and shared his new relationship 
with Jesus, another tricky tactic 
we have seen used by the rich and 
famous. 

Dec. 10 will be the deciding 
day of Vick's f uture. I, for one, hope 
to see him justly punished. 

Sarah Cramer is a freshman non- 
traditional student. The views expressed 
do not necessarily represent those of 
the entire Sauce staff or those of the 
university. 



LA 



By Shelly Baker 

Guest Columnist 



Whether graduating in the top 
10 percent or being one of the 10 
hottest people in the school, being 
in the top 10 is a great thing. 
When it comes to adult obesity, 
however, the top 10 is not where I 
want my state to be, but it is. 
According to the 
Foundation for America's 
Health, Louisiana is holding 
strong at number four for 
the year 2007. 

Why we haven't fixed 
this increasing obesity 
problem is still a circling 
conundrum for some 
people. 

"Just exercise and eat healthy." 

Actually for Louisiana 
residents, it's all pretty simple. 
Louisiana is number four for 
the second year in a row for two 
good reasons - it is much too hot 
outside and the food is much too 
good inside. 

A good majority of the 
Southern states are on the list for 
having the highest adult obesity 
rate. Mississippi leads the nation 
with a shocking 30.6 percent. 
Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, 
Texas, Arkansas and Georgia all 
find themselves on the top 15. 

The closer states get to the 
equator, the higher states get on 
the obesity list. 
• Why? 

It's too hot to go outside 
and exercise like other states. It 
takes enough effort, sweat and 




4th in nation 



deodorant to walk to the student 
union to get Chick-Fil-A, let alone 
run 30 minutes to burn a total of 
30 calories. 

OK, so maybe that's an excuse. 
But if we got it, flaunt it. ..right? 

Let's talk about the food down 
here. 

I'd love to blame it on the fast 
food restaurants that populate our 
streets, but any 
self-respecting 
state could 
make that claim. 
McDonald's are 
everywhere. 

What forces us to 
buy our pants the 
next size up? 
Home cooking. 
No sane person - or at least 
any college student - can resist 
some good, old-fashioned home 
cooking. 

Louisiana cooks make some 
of the finest food, not only in the 
South, but also in all of the United 
States. We don't just sit down and 
have dinner every night. No, here 
in the South - we dine. 

I guarantee that if our mamas 
forgot all their recipes and we had 
nice temperatures of 75 days every 
day, we would not be fourth on the 
list of highest obesity. 

Personally, I would rather be 
hanging in the top 10 than chilling 
out in freezing weather, starving 
up north. 



Shelly Baker 

Guest Columnist 



Shelly Baker is a freshman journalism 
major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the entire 
Sauce staff or those of the university. 



Candidate 
profile: 
Walter 
Boasso 




by Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

State Senator and gubernatorial 
candidate Walter Boasso, D-Arabi, 
is zeroing in on insurance reform 
as a main agenda for his run at 
governor in the October elections. 

According to an ad paid for by 
the Walter Boasso for Governor 
Committee, Boasso is "sick and 
tired of insurance companies 
getting rich while working people 
are forced to pay more." Boasso, 
whose Arabi home was destroyed 
by Hurricane Katrina, claims that 
he will "demand that insurance 
companies pay the claims they 
owe." 

On August 6, 2007, Boasso 
released his Homeowner's 
Insurance Reform Initiative, his 
plan for insurance reform and 
homeowner's relief. 

The first provision of the plan 
will provide immediate relief to 
homeowner's who can't afford to 
keep their homes due to rising 
insurance costs after Hurricanes 
Katrina and Rita. According to 
the Insurance Reform Initiative, 
one provision will provide a 7% 
tax credit against the increase 
in insurance since the 2005 
storm season. Under the Boasso 
Homeowners Defense Initiative, 
this credit will be increased up to 
78% of the increase in homeowner 
premium hikes since 2005. 

Boasso will also attempt to 
require insurance companies that 
profit off of auto and other forms of 
insurance to also offer homeowner's 
insurance in the state of Louisiana, 
a term known as "cherry picking." 

"We can't cherry pick whether 
we want to buy insurance, so 
insurance companies shouldn't be 
able to cherry pick what they offer. 
It's that simple," Boasso says. 

Boasso is pushing for criminal 
penalties against insurance 
companies and executives who 
act intentionally act in bad faith 
to avoid paying claims. According 
to Boasso, insurance companies 
have risked monetary penalties in 
the past in attempts to increase 
profit. Under the Boasso Insurance 
Reform Initiative, these monetary 
penalties will be replaced with 
criminal charges. 

Yet Boasso has been heavily 
criticized for his flip-flopping of 
political party affiliation from 
Republican to Democrat, a switch 
that could jeopardize his political 
future unless he wins in October. As 
a republican, a defeat by republican 
front-runner Bobby Jindal would 
result in, at worst, a heightened 
public profile and a good position 
to challenge the seat of U.S. Senator 
Mary Landrieu next year. 

A defeat in October would 
make it impossible for either major 
party to take him back and could 
cast Walter Boasso into political 
purgatory for a long time. 

Chris Watts is a senior journalism 
major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the entire 
Sauce staff or those of the university. 




Good 

Call 

Night and Day... 



Miller Daniel 

Sports F.clitor 

The NSU Demon Football 
team showed something in their 
home opener against Henderson 
State that was almost non-existent 
last season; Scott Stoker's squad 
showed team chemistry. 

Particularly on offense, the 
Demons came out with a head of 
steam that I never saw last season. 

When you ask the Demon 
players they throw the phrase 
"night and day" around often. 
I couldn't help but think of the 
oft-duplicated Cole Porter classic- 
song of the same name, but most 
everyone who will read this won't 
know what I'm talking about. 

"Last year everyone wasn't on 
the same page," sophomore quar- 
terback Germayne Edmond said. 
"This year, we've practiced since 
the end of last season through the 
spring and two-a-days, so we're 
more on the same page offensively. 
Everyone knows the offense bet- 
ter." 

Edmond sure proved he knew 
the offense better by running for 
116 yards and two touchdowns 
and throwing for 71 more with a 
touchdown pass to Dudley Guice. 

You could see the young bud- 
ding star grasp the offense better, 
see the whole field and avoid criti- 
cal mistakes. 

Edmond proved himself the 
worthy starter over JuCo transfer 
Drew Branch, who only hit on 
three of nine attempts, most of 
which were to open receivers he 
badly over- or under-threw. 

"It's a big difference this year," 
junior running back Byron Law- 
rence commented. "The team does 
more outside of practice. We're 
much closer, so it makes a big dif- 
ference in the games." 

Lawrence praised his offensive 
line after his 144-yard rushing, 
three-touchdown performance, a 
unit that had been the scapegoat of 
the team's inability to score in the 
red zone last season. 

"1 think [the team chemistry] 
is night and day from last season," 
sixth-year Stoker said. "These guys 
are a fun group to be around, and 
UCA has got a good football team 
and they were ranked most of last 
year." 

The Demons will need to 
improve mental mistakes in the 
kicking game, but as for offense 
and defense, the Demons will be 
strong this year and may surprise a 
few people. 

Day and night... 

Night and Day... 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore 
journalism major. The views 
expressed do not necessarily 
represent those of the entire Sauce 
staff or those of the university. 




Miller Danie 
Sports Edito 
mdaniel001@student.nsula.edi 
September 5, 200 




Demons sweep Henderson 
State 41-6 in season opener 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

Running back Byron Lawrence 
rushed for 144 yards and quarter- 
back Germayne Edmond added 1 16 
as NSU ran all over the Henderson 
State Reddies Saturday night en 
route to a 41-6 victory. 

Henderson State struck first on 
a pass from former NSU quarter- 
back Roch Charpentier as he threw 
into a 40-mph wind as a thunder- 
storm blew through the Natchi- 
toches area. 

The Purple Swarm defense 
looked a little confused as they saw 
two quarterbacks on the fast paced 
drive before Charpentier hit Rob- 
ert Espinoza on a 17-yard crossing 
pattern. .t didn't take the Demons 
long to answer back. 

On the ensuing drive, start- 
ing sophomore quarterback Ed- 
mond led the team down the field. 
The drive included an end-around 
by Dudley Guice and an 18-yard 
scramble by Edmond. 

The drive concluded with an 
Edmond option in which he cut 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 

Quarterback Germayne Edmond (18) recovers his own fumble as he skids toward the sideline during the Demons de- 
molition of the Reddies 41- 6 Saturday. 



against the flow of the defense for a 
six-yard touchdown run to cap the 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 

Running back Byron Lawrence (22) runs past cornerback Darrell Burnett (5) 
on his way to accumulating 144 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns Saturday 
against Henderson State. 



fifth time in seven games NSU has 
scored on their opening drive. 

After a Henderson State punt, 
the Demons scored on a play lon- 
ger than any play of last season. 
Edmond scrambled for a 53-yard 
touchdown on second play of the 
drive. 

"I broke into the secondary, 
and I could either cut between a 
linebacker and a safety or two cor- 
nerbacks" Edmond said. " I'm a 
quarterback, so I don't need to take 
any big hits, so I went between the 
corners". 

It worked for Edmond who also 
found Guice through the air for a 
three-yard touchdown pass and on 
another eight-yard touchdown run 
to end the game. 

The Demons totaled 374 yards 
on the ground and 466 yards total 
offense. 

"Byron and (Richuel) Massey 
are two solid running backs," fifth- 
year head coach Scott Stoker said. 
"They really did well for us tonight. 
Last year we didn't have any plays 
over 20 yards at all, so it was nice to 
have a few of those." 



There was a lot to improve, but 
effort wasn't one of them, Stoker 

said. 

"The kicking game has got to 
improve," Stoker said. "We can't 
have mistakes like that, especially 
in this league." 

Kicker Robert Weeks missed 
a 41-yard field goal in the opening 
minutes of the second quarter and a 
bad snap forced holder and punter 
Marshall Burton to scramble for a 
failed conversion on an extra point 
field goal attempt in the third quar- 
ter. 

Lawrence scored on runs of six, 
18 and 29 yards for the hat trick. 

"As a team we came in focused," 
Lawrence said. "The offensive line 
makes things so much easier when 
they block well" 

The Demons will take on Uni- 
versity of Central Arkansas Satur- 
day night at Turpin Stadium for the 
Southland Conference opener at 6 
p.m. 

"UCA is a very good football 
team," Stoker said. "They were 
ranked most of last year, so we've 
got a lot to prepare for." 



Demons backfield filled with five strong starters 



Alex Michael 

Sauce Reporter 

Byron Lawrence and Richuel 
Massey went into the season as the 
top two running backs on NSU's 
roster, and both proved why against 
Henderson State. 

Lawrence and Massey were 
key components in one of the most 
impressive rushing attacks by the 
Demons in years combining for 
200 of the team's 374 yards on the 
ground in route to a 41-6 victory 
Saturday. 

Lawrence, who exploded onto 
the scene with 821 yards for the 



Demons last season, opened up the 
2007 campaign with 138 yards on 
19 carries. - 

Head coach Scott Stoker 
announced Lawrence as the 
Demons' starting running back last 
week. 

"Well, he kind of won the job 
over the last week and a half of 
practice," Stoker said. "He did a 
good job for us last year and has 
had a real good summer." 

Massey, who appears to be the 
Demons' second option at running 
back, had a productive game as 
well - despite one unrecovered 
fumble - rushing for 62 yards on 



13 carries. 

"Massey has got tremendous 
talent," Stoker said. "He'll get 
playing time for us this year." 

"Outside of the Lawrence/ 
Massey combo, NSU boasts 
sophomores Patrick Earl and 
Antonio Robinson, along with 
true freshman Jeremy Jefferson as 
quality backfield starters. 

Earl was vying for the starting 
job before an injury prior to the 
season, but looks primed for action 
in the upcoming weeks. 

Robinson, who was regarded 
by most as Louisiana's top running 
back prospect in 2005 from 



Winnfield High School, transferred 
to the Demons last season from 
LSU. 

Jefferson set a Shreveport- 
Bossier City record with 6,430 
yards in high school at Booker T. 
Washington and looked good with 
23 yards on three carries in his first 
college action. 

"I wouldn't say it's necessarily 
a running back by committee. If a 
guy is playing well he'll get playing 
time," Stoker said. "If he isn't doing 
his job, he'll come and sit on the 
sideline." 

NSU plays Central Arkansas at 
6 p.m. Saturday at Turpin Stadium. 



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Basketball 

Head coach Mikl 
MeConathy's Demon squail 
took two Raines in the tea nil I 
first -ev» r intcrnatinnfl 
competition. 

Trey Gilder scored 2i Jfe 
points to lead the Demon I 
Friday in a 127-56 romp ovef 
the Bahamas Junior Nation] 
team. 

Senior forward Colbf 
Bargeman scored l6on Sundl 
to blast the Guatemala 
National Team 70-38. 

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The Demon soccer tei 
dropped their season opener || 
Southeast Missouri Slate 
in Cape Girardeau, Mo. 

NSU only managed fh 
shots, but four were on goal. 

The Lady Redhawl I 
managed 16 shots, but only si 
on goal as the Demon defeni 
proved solid. 

"I feel like we put forth <rrei 
effort," head coaeh Jimm I 
Mitehellsaid. "Wemadealotl I 
mental mistakes and technic f 
mistakes, but our high level o jj^'j-f 
energy and effort kept us 
the game." 

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a good team on the road ejfl 
and a half hours away. If 
continue to put fort h the effol 
that we did tonight, things \vi| 
fall in place for us and it will 1 
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Volleyball 

The Demons went 1-2; 
the Bancorp South ('las: 
Friday in Jonesboro, Ark. 

The Demons lost 
straight-sets to San Jcj 
state, but rebounded to boa / / / 
Arkansas State 3-0 befoi! 
falling to a tough Murray Sta f 
team 3-2. 

Ariane Damasio ws{~^/""> 
named to the all-tournamei jj—j 
team after an impressh 
performance. 



Softball 

All NSU students 
invited for tryouts Saturdi 
at 8 a.m. for the 2008 season 
the Demon Diamond. 

Those wishing to tryoi 
must be full time students (1 
hours) and registered with tlj 
NCAA clearinghouse. 

Players are also required \ 
have a complete physical. 

Those wishing 
participate must turn in th 
name and social securi 
number to the Softball offiJ 
in room 104. of the at Met 
field house adjacent to Turpi 
Stadium. 



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Soccer vs. Louisiana Tech~7 p.m 
Friday 

Socn r vs. Soul h Alabama~7 
p.m. 

Volleyball vs. SFA~7 p.m. 

Saturday 

Volleyball vs. ULM~4:80 p.m. 
Football vs. I (A~<i p.m. 
Volleyball vs. Tulsa- io p.m. 

Sunday 

Soccer vs. North Texas~2 p.m. 



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David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 

To honor the sixth anniver- 
sary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist 
attacks, the Office of Cultural Di- 
versity held the Vigil of Remem- 
brance. 

Along with the Office of Cul- 
tural Diversity's primary coordina- 
tors, graduate intern Kelita Johnson 
and student employees Dominic 
Bradford and Deaquanita Jackson, 
the Vigil of Remembrance was 
also sponsored and promoted by 
the National Panhellenic Council 
(NPC), the National Pan-Hellenic 
Council (NPHC) and the Interfra- 
ternity Council (IFC). 

The ceremony began in front 
of the Friedman Student Union 
where all participants were given 



gift bags, which are special because 
the gift bags were full of "diverse" 
candies in order to remind the par- 
ticipants that the world is full of 
different cultures, Johnson said. 

Along with the candy, the gift 
bags were tied with a yellow ribbon, 
which symbolizes hope and in- 
cluded a tag with a quotation from 
U.S. cartoonist James Thurber that 
read, "Let us not look back in anger 
or forward in fear, but around in 
awareness." 

The quotation was chosen 
because in a time of tragedy, "the 
world was forced to embrace one 
another... as one nation," Johnson 
said. 

After receiving the gift bags, 
the participants then marched to 
the flagpole near Kyser Hall. 

Once the participants had 



reached the flagpole, Candace 
Stovall, a sophomore criminal jus- 
tice major, sang a verse of "Amazing 
Grace." 

Although she had previously 
sung publicly on several other oc- 
casions, Stovall commented that it 
was an "honor and privilege to pay 
homage" to the victims of the Sept. 
1 1 attacks. 

"Amazing Grace" was followed 
by a closing prayer from the direc- 



tor of the Baptist Collegiate Minis- 
try Bill Collins. 

Dianne Jones, the associate 
director of the Office of Cultural 
Diversity, was extremely pleased to 
have taken part in a ceremony like 
the Vigil of Remembrance. 

The ceremony succeeded in 
"uniting different people" on the 
campus and served as a great op- 
portunity to remind the commu- 
nity that we should always strive to 



"build bridges" between each other, 
instead of "destroying bridges," 
Jones said. 

In order to continue bringing 
the students on campus together, 
Jones and her staff have planned 
a week full of social events to cel- 
ebrate National Hispanic Month, 
which started Sept. 15. 

The activities will include a 
movie night, a bingo night and a 
Latino breakfast. 



Louisiana senatorial 
campaign hits home 



Zech Jones 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU and the Natchitoches 
Area Chamber of Commerce are 
sponsoring two state congressional 
candidate forums in the next week 
at the university. 

The first forum is scheduled 
for tonight at 6 p.m. The candidates 
in attendance will be State Sen- 
ate hopefuls for district 31, Ger- 
ald Long and Taylor Townsend. 
This district includes voters from 
Natchitoches, Grant, Sabine and 
Winn Parishes. Parts of Red River 
and Rapides parishes are also in- 
cluded in this district. 

The second forum will take 
place next Wednesday at 6 p.m. 
This one will cover the candidates 
for State House of Representatives 
district 23, whose candidates in- 
clude Joe Sampite, Rick Nowlin, 
Mack James and Ralph Wilson. 
The voters affected by this district 
reside in Natchitoches and parts of 
Winn parishes. 

All candidates have confirmed 
that are going to be in attendance. 
Both forums will last 90 minutes 
and will be located at the Ora G. 
Williams Media Center in room 
142 of Kyser Hall. 

Attendance is free and open 
to the public, but space is limited. 
Forum officials suggest attendees 
arrive early for a seat in the audi- 
ence. 



Those not attending can watch 
the forums on NSU 22. 

Nick Pollacia, Jr., CEO and 
president of the Natchitoches Area 
Chamber of Commerce will mod- 
erate the events. Media panelists 
include members of the Natchi- 
toches Times, the Real Views, Elite 
Broadcasting, Baldridge-Dumas 
Communications, the Current 
Sauce and NSU 22. 

The public can also submit 
questions by sending them to 
chamber@natchitoches.net. 

"We are requesting that the 
questions from the public be sub- 
mitted via e-mail, so that it remains 
fair for all candidates." Pollacia 
said. 

Forum organizers will choose 
which ones will make it into the 
queue. 

The questions will be directed 
at one candidate. That candidate 
will then have two minutes to an- 
swer, and other candidates will 
have 60 seconds to craft responses. 

"We are trying to remain im- 
partial. So, letting the panelists ask 
the questions keeps us from dictat- 
ing the direction of the forum" Pol- 
lacia said. 

These forums precede the 2007 
Louisiana legislative elections, in 
which 31 senate and 80 house seats 
are up for grabs. 

Anyone with questions about 
the forums may contact the cham- 
ber of commerce office at (318) 
352-6894. 




Photo courtesy of the National Parks Service Web site. 
Waterfront view of the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 1 1 , 2001 . 

Newsmakers and Shakers 
hosts Kuwaiti guest lecturer 



By Tim Gattie 

Sauce Reporter 

Hesham Mesbah 
gave a presentation 
Wednesday on the effects 
of the mass media in the 
Arab world, as part of the 
journalism department's 
"News Makers and Shak- 
ers" series. 

Mesbah is a visiting pro- 
fessor in the Department 
of Journalism where he is 
giving guest lectures. 

The presentation 
gave an overview of the 
history of the Arab mass 
media, concentrating on the 
of the past 20 years and the 
of satellite TV. 



events 
advent 



Mesbah discussed the shift 
from state-controlled media to pri- 
vately owned stations and the me- 
dia war between western and Arab 
stations. 

He concluded his 
presentation with 
a mention of the 
"unprecedented 
censorship of the 
Hezbollah run Al 
Manor news sta- 
tion by the Ameri- 
can government." 
Mesbah is an as- 
sociate professor 
of mass commu- 
nication at Kuwait 
University. He has 
a Ph.D. in mass communication 
from the University of Cairo. 

Mesbah first became involved 




Heshmah Mesbah 

Guest Lecturer 



in NSU when he met Paula Furr, 
NSU's journalism department 
head, at a conference in Phoenix in 
2004. 

They discussed the possibility 
of an intercultural exchange and 
shortly afterward implemented the 
idea into their classes. 

Using the Internet and other 
technology, Mesbah has been able 
to give guest lectures here at NSU 
for journalism classes and, as an 
outgrowth of that, he is here now. 

Mesbah said that he is "very 
pleased with the exposure to diver- 
sity." This includes "seeing a new 
system of education, and meeting 
new students and faculty," while at 
NSU. 

Mesbah will head back to Ku- 
wait University Wednesday in or- 
der to start the fall semester. 



Texting '2 b' new wave of security 



By Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

An emergency text 
ing service designed to 
alert students and fac- 
ulty members of imme- 
diate threats to campus 
security will soon be of- 
fered by NSU and could 
be operational within a 
month. 

The University of 



messag- 



"Is this a direct 
shoot-off of 

Virginia Tech? 
I would say, 

probably yes..'.' 



Louisiana System's Board 
of Regents is finalizing ^Thomas Hanson 

preparations to establish 

vendors that will provide 
schools statewide with the neces- 
sary capabilities and software to 
launch the program and has agreed 
to cover the costs for the first year 
of the service. 

NSU joins several universities 
around the nation that have imple- 
mented similar emergency notifi- 
cation systems in the wake of the 
Virginia Tech shooting in April, a 
tragedy that has led many schools 



to reevaluate campus security. 

"In light of the existing climate, 
anything we can do to be respon- 
sive in terms of notification, the 
better," Vice President of Academic 
Affairs Thomas Han- 
son said. 

"Is this a direct shoot- 
off of Virginia Tech? 
I would say, probably 
yes. But our concern 
for security is not just 
a result of the shoot- 
ing," Hanson said. 

The text messag- 
ing service would 
achieve the immedia- 
cy needed during emergencies and 
be taken more seriously than the 
student e-mail messenger, which is 
overused and often ignored, Han- 
son said. 

"The intent of messenger was 
to convey significant information 
that everybody needed to be aware 
of, but it seems now that it's getting 
abused," Hanson said. 

Text messaging allows NSU 



officials to delay decisions regard- 
ing school closures because of the 
medium's ability to reach students 
anytime, anywhere, Hanson said. 

It also bears the advantage of 
being asynchronous and will likely 
still function even when cell phone 
lines are jammed. 

The system also features a tar- 
geting capability that allows the 
university to assign subscribers to 
different groups - such as students, 
faculty and parents - and send mes- 
sages pertaining to the appropriate 
parties. It might be employed as a 
recruiting technique, Hanson said. 

A softening of NSU's policy 
that "absolutely prohibitjs]" cell 
phone use in class and during ex- 
aminations appears unlikely, but 
officials want to ensure that some- 
one present receives the messages 
right away. 

"Turning cell phones off is ba- 
sically the instructor's prerogative," 
Hanson said, "but we will request 
that at least the instructor or some- 
one in the class has one on." 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 
Sophomore radiologic technology major Brittney Zerinque text messages a 
friend prior to class Thursday. Text messaging may soon be used for commu- 
nication in emergency situations on campus. 





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NSU releases results of 
drug and alcohol survey 



By Kelli Fontenot 

I ife Editor 

The Office of Counseling and 
Career Services recently released 
the results of a survey NSU con- 
ducted last spring to assess stu- 
dents' alcohol and drug use. 

Of the 487 students who com- 
pleted and returned the question- 
naire, 32.5 percent were freshmen, 
25.9 percent were sophomores, 
16.7 percent were juniors, 24.5 per- 
cent were seniors and 0.4 percent 
deemed "other" students. 

"The Core survey doesn't just 
survey for actual drug use and con- 
sequences, it surveys perceptions 
— student perceptions," director of 
counseling and career services Re- 
becca Boone said. "What they be- 
lieve is happening at NSU and then 
what actually is happening in terms 
of alcohol and drug use, and what 
we've found every time we've done 
the Core is students perceive that 
there is a lot more drug and alcohol 
use going on than there actually is." 

One part of the survey includes 
items about students' attitudes and 
opinions, and the other deals with 
students' drug and alcohol use and 
consequences of use. 

The survey also collected in- 
formation about demographic and 
background characteristics and 
student perception of" campus cli- 
mate issues and policies. 

The Louisiana Higher Educa- 
tion Coalition was formed to bring 
two and four-year universities to- 



gether to try to make an organized 
efforts to address problems in the 
state with alcohol and other (LA- 
HEC has been in existence since 
2002). 

The LAHEC is a statewide co- 
alition, but there are no plans to 
create a committee specific to NSU 
just yet. 

"We went to the initial meet- 
ing, and actually, we'll have activi- 

"I'd really 
like to see 
students involved 
in developing a 
campaign for 
the campus and 
maybe, you know, 
getting involved 
with other 
people in the 
community" 

-Rebecca Boone 



ties here but also be tied in to what 
happens statewide as well," Boone 
said. "So those things have not be- 
gun yet, but they will be." 

The Office of Career and Coun- 
seling Services received the results 



this summer, but Boone said she is 
waiting until students are not being 
"bombarded" to put up the fliers. 

"We do need to do something, 
but it's difficult in a setting like 
this where it's illegal for part of the 
population to drink and legal for 
the other part of the population to 
drink," Boone said. "I'd really like to 
see students involved in develop- 
ing a campaign for the campus and 
maybe, you know, getting involved 
with other people in the commu- 
nity." 

Young adulthood is a time 
of experimentation, but curiosity 
sometimes leads students to sub- 
stance abuse, Boone said. 

"There is always one result that 
is always a concern for me, and 
that's binge drinking," Boone said. 
"Any percentage in that —even if it 
were ten percent — would concern 
me, but of the students who took 
the survey, almost 39 percent re- 
ported binge drinking in the previ- 
ous two weeks, and a binge is five 
or more drinks at one setting." 

The college environment sup- 
ports this activity, as 58.8 percent of 
underage students reportedly con- 
sumed alcohol in the 30 days prior 
to taking the survey. Some may not 
know their limits when it comes to 
consuming alcohol, Boone said. 

"Usually, by the time we see 
upperclassmen, they've moved 
through that behavior," Boone said. 
"Most of them — unless they have 
a problem with alcohol." 



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Party Tuesday in front of Varando Hall. 



Lauren Sciba 

Stall Reporter 

Varnado Hall was a hot spot 
despite cool breezes Monday night 
as Residential Life sponsored the 
Front Porch Party, an outdoor so- 
cial event open to all students. 

The theme for the event - 
which was also a part of New Stu- 
dent Programs - was conquering 
homesickness many students may 
be dealing with as the semester 
progresses. 

"This is about the time people 
start to get homesick," said junior 
biology major Tobin Johnson, who 
helped plan the event. "We thought 
we'd bring out a big party and ev- 



erybody would feel a little better." 
Students from Varnado Hall ait 
other residences gathered on tl 
front porch of Varnado Hall for t 
event, which featured a portion 
the NSU band. 

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a man, because if you do, are you 
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3. Hey, can I have your phone 
number? I forgot mine. 

4.1 know you must be tired because 
you've been running through my 
mind all day. 

5. If I made the alphabet, I would 
put you and I together. 

6. Let's have a threesome with 
just you and me. 

I Your daddy must be a baker, 
because you've got some buns on 
you. 

8. Are you from Tennessee? Be- 
cause you are the only ten I see. 

9. Is your name summer? Because 
you're hot. 

10. That outfit looks really becom- 
ing on you, but if I was on you, I'd 
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Pull Up or Pay Up 



Tiffany Oyelowo 

Guest Columnist 

How many times have you seen 
a group of losers pass by with their 
pants falling off their butts? 

Every time I see a guy holding 
his pants up I think to myself, "Why 
buy pants too big if you're going 
to spend half of your time pulling 
them up?" 

But I'm probably the only one 
in the world who feels this way, 
right? 

Well, thanks to some law-hap- 
py people in central Louisiana, no 
longer will some fortunate people 
be forced to put up with this atro- 
cious behavior. Sure showing off 
your firm butt muscles and nicely 
starched boxers may be a top prior- 
ity for some, but it must seriously 
bother someone if laws are being 
thrown at this anomaly left and 
right. 

So what gives? 

Many a time, I've had to po- 
litely look away from Spongebob's 
happy face plastered across some- 
one's butt with no permanent scar- 
ing to my pupils. 

Why is it such a big deal? 

Laws against public indecency 
are necessary, but once we start 
mandating dress codes for the pub- 
lic, when will it end? 

Mini skirts should be outlawed 



as well because there is almost no 
possible way to keep your butt cov- 
ered when wearing one. Pants that 
sit just low enough on the hip to 
show off the wearer's colorful thong 
should be done away with as well. 
No more low-cut shirts that show 
too much bosom and while we're at 
it, we can go ahead and get rid of 
bare midriffs all together. Once the 
process of cleanup is started, there 
is no telling when it will stop. 

Creating a uniform for the 
world may be extreme but is this 
law not a step in that direction? 

So where did this silly trend 
start? 

In America's illustrious pris- 
ons of course. Poor average-sized 
prisoners were forced to wear over- 
sized uniforms and for fear of pos- 
sible suicides they were not provid- 
ed with belts. As a result, "sagging" 
was born. 

Next, sagging was adopted and 
popularized by hip-hop artists in 
the early 1990s. That means, some 
rapper was sagging in his video and 
everyone thought it was the best 
thing ever. So belt sells plummeted 
and bleach and underwear sells 
skyrocketed. 

Amazing the way people flock 
to new fads, right? 

Sagging is one of the most ri- 
diculous things anyone could ever 
do as far as I'm concerned. I would 



never condone such a senseless way 
of dress. ' 

Some may argue, however, just 
a vehemently about the rewards of 
sagging. Truth be told, personal 
style is something that is personal. 
I like to wear the clothes that I like 
and I would be f urious if someone 
told me my style was unlawful. 

Then, of course, some think 
the law targets members of specific 
ethnicities. I know when I think of 
the people I see sagging most often, 
I think of specific groups as well. 
Maybe the impartial lawmakers 
were totally oblivious to this spe- 
cific ramification. I seriously doubt 
it, however. 

At any rate, many cities are say- 
ing if you don't pull your pants up, 
your bank account is going down. 
In some places, you could pay as 
much as $500 with a sentence of up 
to six months in prison. Maybe it 
is a little insane when the average 
speeding ticket is $150. Neverthe- 
less, here in Louisiana we have a 
different set of values, and covering 
your butt is just so much more im- 
portant than observing major traf- 
fic signs. 

Tiffany Oyelowo is a freshman 
journalism major. The views 
expressed do not necessarily 
represent those of the entire Sauce 
staff or those of the university. 



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Corrections and Clarifications 

In the Aug. 29 issue, the parking lot story mistakenly 
referred to the Boozman parking lot as a commuter lot. 
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From the big time 
to the White House 



Bryant Weldon 

Guest Columnist 

Fred Thompson announced his 
candidacy for the Republican Party 
nomination in true Hollywood 
style. 

Like the second coming of 
Ronald Regan, whom Thompson 
most identifies with ideologically, a 
man best known for his acting ca- 
reer is now officially a presidential 
hopeful. Thompson is best known 
as the hard nosed district attorney 
Arthur Branch on the hit T.V. series 
Law and Order. 

Not only is Thompson an ac- 
complished actor, he was also a sen- 
ator in Tennessee for two 
terms and a high ranking 
government attorney fa- 
mous for his role in the 
Watergate hearings. 

Fred .Thompson 
made his bid for presi- 
dency on the couch of 
The Tonight Show with 
Jay Leno after missing a 
chance to debate with 
the Republican candi- 
dates in Durham, N.H. 

The move was 
probably a good one on Thompson's 
part entering late into the running 
and with little more than diehard 
viewers watching the debate. The 
Tonight Show helped Thompson 
reach many more people than the 
debate would have. 

Following his announcement, 
Thompson's Web site, imwithfred. 
com,' got 250,000 more hits than 
his closest competitor, Rudy Giu- 
liani during the month of July. The 
visitors to Thompson's Web site, 
however, did not stay for very long, 
about 90 seconds, according to the 




Bryant Weldon 

Guest Columnist 



Wall Street Journal Online. 

New Hampshire and Iowa are 
the two most sought after states 
early in a presidential race. Both 
states hold their primaries very ear- 
ly in the race, early to middle Janu- 
ary while most of the other states 
hold off until mid-March. 

Candidates who win these 
states are guaranteed to be the re- 
publican or democratic frontrun- 
ner for the presidency in the 2008 
election. 

Thompson stepped in late into 
the race and must now play catch- 
up with states that probably aren't 
too happy about his choice to hang 
out with Jay Leno instead of debat- 
ing. 

The bid for presidency not 
only reached an audience of 
many TV viewers, but the 
act of opening his campaign 
on the Tonight Show also 
brought a lot of media at- 
tention altogether. 

Newspapers and Web 
sites quickly jumped on this 
man sprung out of nowhere, 
spreading Fred Thomp- 
son's name and credentials 
through every form of the 
media. 

A more formal address and 
presidential bid may have given 
Thompson more legitimacy as a 
candidate than his Hollywood ap- 
proach might have, but he did get 
his name out there and the news 
can't get enough of him and neither 
can his audience. 

Bryant Weldon isa junior psychology 
major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the 
entire Sauce staff or those of the 
university. 




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Miller DanieT 

Sports Editor 



A 'Gladiator's' 
Price... 

By Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Kevin Everett ap- 
proached his season opener against 
the Denver Broncos on Sunday like 
any other. The Buffalo Bills reserve 

tight end 

didn't know 
his life would 
hang in the 
balance after 
halftime. 

Before 
the game, I 
can imagine 
he was go- 
ing through plays in his mind. Blitz 
pickups, blocking assignments and 
schemes against NFL's complex de- 
fenses that he'd been preparing for 
all week. He must have been think- 
ing about kickoff coverage too. 

And it was the kickoff cover- 
age where he dislocated and frac 1 
tured his neck while trying to make 
a tackle on Bronco's return man 
Domenik Hixon at the start. The 
damage caused spinal cord damage 
that is likely to paralyze him for life. 
Now his mind is on anything but 
football. 

His mind is now on staying 
alive. Everyday he has to wor- 
ry about blood clots and infec- 
tion while a respirator helps him 
breathe. 

People often liken football to 
a battle, a war zone of sorts. Like 
gladiators of the gridiron risking 
life and limb to entertain, amuse 
and give us a reason to drink beer, 
paint our faces and whip ourselves 
into psychotic frenzies. 

Everett is a casualty of that bat- 
tle. 

Everett makes us remember, 
that these larger than life figures 
are people. We saw it when he fell 
face down limp, face first. 

We saw it when the Bills play- 
ers circled around Everett, hold- 
ing hands in prayer for their fallen 
brother. 

As sickening as moments like 
these are, we need them in football. 
It makes us fans cheer a little loud- 
er and boo a little softer, because 
we know what risks these guys go 
to for our entertainment. 



The Lighter Side 

1 learned some things about 
NSU athletics this weekend. 

1. Germayne Edmond could be 
the real deal in the SLC. He threw 
for 281 yards on Saturday, and more 
importantly, got better as the game 
went along. He read UCA's defense 
like a book in the second half, mak- 
ing clutch throws and making plays 
with his legs. 

2. The Demon football team is 
2-0 against teams from Arkansas 
after their beat-down of Hender- 
son State (Arkadelphia) and UCA 
(Conway). More importantly, Scott 
Stoker's squad looks like they have 
a real shot at an SLC crown if Ed- 
mond keeps up his level of play 
and Demetrius Bell and company 
can continue to open up the holes 
for Byron Lawrence and Richuel 
Massey. 

3. The Demon soccer squad 
showed its mettle last week by win- 
ning two of three games including 
two in the Holiday Inn Express 
Classic. Look for improvement this 
season as the Demons will travel 
around the state in the coming 
weeks, which will surely show what 
this team has. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore 
journalism major. The views 
expressed do not necessarily 
represent those of the entire Sauce 
staff or those of the university. 



Demons clutch victory over UCA 



Wedr 



By Miller Daniel 

Sports Fclitor 

The NSU Demons prevailed 
over the University of Central Ar- 
kansas 31-28 Saturday night on a 
35-yard Robert Weeks field goal. 
Byron Lawrence had 115 yards on 
the ground while Germayne Ed- 
mond had 281 through the air, in- 
cluding 124 to Dudley Guice. 

The Demons improved their 
record to 2-0 and 1-0 in Southland 
Conference play. 

The Demons pulled within two 
points in the third quarter on a 25- 
yard pass from Edmond to Clay 
Broyles and tied the game when 
Edmond ran into the endzone on a 
scramble to tie the ballgame. 

A fourth-quarter UCA three 
and out forced by a Purple Swarm 
defense that shined in the second 
half set up the game-winning field 
goal. 

The Demons fell behind in 
the first half as the Demon offense 
failed to find holes in a stingy Bears 
defense that took away much of 
Edmonds scrambling abilities. A 
flustered Edmond threw two picks 
in the early minutes and the De- 
mon defense had trouble figuring 
out thejiears offense. 

The Demons roared back in 
the second half with a 21 -point 
third quart if which Ed mo fi- 
nally found holes in the Bears 3-3-5 
sc heme. Gary Riggs set off the run 
with an opening intercept. .. off of 
Bears quarterback Nathan Brown 
that led to a one-yard Edmond 
touchdown run. 

A Leonard Ceasar fumble 



shifted momentum towards NSU, 
as they were able to tie the game. 

The Bears tied the game in the 
fourth quarter before the two teams 
traded punts in the closing minutes 
before the Weeks field goal. 

Edmond earned SLC player 
of the week for his 17-30 281 yard 
two-touchdown performance. He 
also logged 52 yards rushing, bring- 
ing his total offense to 330 and ac- 
count for 20 of his team's points. 

He is now ranked 28th nation- 
ally in the NCAA football champi- 
onship subdivision in quarterback 
efficiency with 137.73, 17th in total 
offense with 263 yards per game 
and tied for 12th in the nation in 
scoring with 13 points per game. 

Tine Louisiana Sportswriters 
Association named Mack Dampier 
the Defensive Player of the Week 
after logging 15 tackles and a sack 
against the Bears. ' 

The Demons will travel to 
Northeastern in Boston Saturday 
for their first road game of the sea- 
son, and head coach Scott Stoker 
will look for much improvement 
this week. 

"We didn't play very well, es- 
pecially in the first half, and UCA 
had a lot to do with that," Stoker 
said. "We made more than our 
share of mistakes and they took 
advantage like a good team will. 
We didn't tackle very well at times, 
but we made a few plays to turn it 
around." 

The Demons will be on the 
road for the next three weeks be- 
fore returning home to Turpin Sta- 
dium on Oct. 12. Their game Sat- 
urday will be a rematch of the 2005 
14-12 NSU victory. 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sam 

Quarterback Germayne Edmond (18) makes one of his 25 passing attempts Saturday against Central Arkansas. H 
performance, including 251 passing yards, two touchdowns and a run-in two-point conversion, would earn him tl^ 
Southland Conference "Offensive Player of the Week." 





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Sports Brief 



Cross Country 

Freshman Dusty Dischler com- 
bined with junior Chris Pearson 
for a 39:48.5 time over 12,000 me- 
ters Friday evening, good enough 
for first place in the men's division 
of the Lumberjack Opener Cross 
Country meet hosted by Stephen 
F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Tex. 
Each member of the team ran 
6,000-meter legs as the Dischler- 
Pearson tandem finished 24 sec- 
onds ahead of the field. Galen 
Mudd and Cade Gentry logged 
a seventh place finish for NSU 
while Chad Leath and Cameron 
Mehl finished eighth. For the 
women, the top NSU finishers 
were Naumy Bor and Redd Wil- 
liams and Shannon Foley and 
Courtney Hershberger who tied 
for fifth. 



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NSU Alumni Center hires new director 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

Kevin McCotter was 
named the new director of 
alumni and development 
on Mon., Sept. 10. 

"We are very fortunate 
to attract Mr. Kevin Mc- 
Cotter," President Randall 
J. Webb said. "With his ex- 
perience and skills, we just 
feel we have been able to at- 
tract an outstanding person 
for the position." 

"[This position] is re- 
quiring me to pick up and 
catch on to a quick moving pace," 
said McCotter. 

McCotter said he chose to 



come to NSU because of its aca- 
demic programs and its rich history 
of 125 years, 
and because 
this was an 
attractive 
opportunity 
to "repre- 
sent the 
university in 
the external 




arena. 

"I'm 
humbled to 
have him 
as a boss," 
said Drake 
Owens, assistant director of insti- 
tutional advancement in the Office 
of Alumni Affairs. "His business 



Kevin McCotter 

Director of 
Alumni and Development 



record is unprecedented." 

Owens worked with McCotter 
briefly through the NSU Alumni 
Foundation before he came to the 
Office of Alumni Affairs. 

McCotter served on the NSU 
Alumni Foundation for four years 
and attended NSU as an under- 
graduate. 

McCotter retired last year af- 
ter 34 years with Bell South, where 
he served in many disciplines such 
as engineering, forecasting, sales, 
installation, public affairs and gov- 
ernment relations. 

"It was a terrific company for 
which to work," said McCotter. "I 
don't think there could have been a 
better blueprint to prepare for this 
job." 



Owens expects to see a lot in 
the way of economic development 
and large-scale fund-raisers for the 
Alumni Foundation and NSU. 

"He'll bring a lot of business 
minded ideas into the organiza- 
tion," Owens said. 

"I'd like to develop a strategic- 
plan that would help guide us as 
we increase our activities in getting 
Northwestern in economic devel- 
opment in our state," said McCot- 
ter. 

"He is 100 percent about the 
customer," Owens said. "He has a 
genuine concern for customer sat- 
isfaction." 



McCotter replaced Chris Mag- 
gio, who has been named the new 
dean of students and provost of 
student success, Webb said. 

McCotter had several conver- 
sations with Maggio and other key 
stakeholders in the university be- 
fore being interviewed and given 
the job, said McCotter. 

."It is difficult to replace Dr. 
Chris Maggio," Webb said. How- 
ever, Webb said he looks forward 
to working with McCotter. 

"I've known Mr. McCotter and 
respected him for years," Webb 
said. "I have a feeling he's going to 
keep me pretty busy." 



Office of Cultural Diversity 
hosts Latino heritage events 



Sports 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

The Office of Cultural Diver- 
sity hosted "Hispanic Week" from 
Monday to Wednesday, offering 
students a free movie, breakfast 
and lunch with live entertainment. 

A Latino-style lunch was served 
from 1-2 p.m. in the Friedman Stu- 
dent Union lobby on Wednesday. 

Dominic Bradford, a sopho- 
more secondary education major 
and Office of Cultural Diversity 
student worker, said they worked 
with the Sodexho chef and director 
to form the menu. 

Nachos, burritos, fajitas and 
tacos were served to represent the 
Latino culture. 

Live entertainment included Latino 
music and salsa dancers. 

On Tuesday, a Latino-themed 
breakfast was served free for stu- 
dents in the Student Union Lobby. 

The breakfast included sau- 
sage, scrambled eggs with onions 
and peppers, cheesy grits, hash 
browns, biscuits and orange juice. 

The breakfast was served from 
9- 11 a.m. and was catered by So- 
dexho. 

The Office of Cultural Diversity 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 

Adam Wilson, freshman general studies major, attended the La- 
tino-themed breakfast on Tuesday as part of "Hispanic Week." 



advertised the breakfast by hanging 
flyers, sending student messenger 
e-mails and posting on the display 
screens around the campus, but 
most people knew from word of 
mouth, Brandon said. 

"I'm always in the union, and 
I just happened to come up on it," 
senior history major Abi Broussard 
said. 

Movie night was hosted in the 
Student Union ballroom on Mon- 



day at 7 p.m. with the showing of 
"The Lost City" and free refresh- 
ments. Nearly 40-50 students at- 
tended the screening, Brandon 
said. 

The Office of Cultural Diversity 
will also partner with Alpha Phi Al- 
pha fraternity to host a talent show 
on Oct. 10. 

Anyone interested in partici- 
pating in the event need to stop by 
room 233 in the Student Union. 



Business professor 
promoted to acting VP 



Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

Marcus Jones, an associate 
business professor, was temporarily 
instated as acting vice president of 
university affairs for the 2007-2008 
school year. 

Jones said he was se- 
lected for the position 
because he was an at- 
torney and business- 
owner. 

"I think partly because 
of my legal background, 
business background, as 
well as being an internal 
candidate led to me be- 
ing selected," Jones said. 

" lhe position 81 vice 
president of university 
affairs had been open 
for quite a while," provost and vice 
president of academic and student 
affairs and cabinet member Thom- 
as Hanson said. "We [the selecting 
cabinet] looked long and hard and 
felt Marcus was the best qualified 
individual for the position at this 
time." 

The vice president of univer- 
sity affairs handles plant services, 
environmental health and safety 
and the physical plant, including 
university facilities maintenance 
programs, renovations and con- 
struction programs for all buildings 



and mechanical systems. 

"This is a very important posi- 
tion," Jones said. "It was important 
to have somebody at the beginning 
of the semester in place." 

The vice president for univer- 
sity affairs ensures the university 
meets com- 
pliance of 
hazardous 
waste man- 
agement, 
emergency 
response 
planning 
and oc- 
cupational 
health and 
safety stan- 
dards. 

Jones 
teaches 



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three business courses while serv- 
ing as acting Vice President of Uni- 
versity Affairs. 

"We are advertising in about 
the January time frame for a per- 
manent appointment starting July 
1 of next year," Hanson said. 

John Dilworth, the former vice 
president of university affairs, va- 
cated this position Feb. 27. 

Robert Crew, executive assis- 
tant to NSU President, assumed the 
responsibilities of vice president of 
university affairs until this recent 
appointment, Jones said. 



Budget increase permits raise for faculty salary 

Faculty Salary Breakdown 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

The $15.5 million budget in- 
crease by the state gave NSU the 
chance to increase faculty salaries. 

"Having these funding oppor- 
tunities really just makes a tremen- 
dous difference for us," NSU Presi- 
dent Randall Webb said. 

It was mandated by the state 
that every state employee receive a 
$1,500 raise, but NSU added to that 
with help of the budget. 

The main goal was to raise fac- 
ulty salaries to the Southern Re- 
gional Education Board's (SREB) 
salary average, Hanson said. Fac- 
ulty is defined as a nine-month 
employee whose primary duty is 
instruction. 

The faculty raise took place in 
two levels, Hanson said. 

First, the Louisiana legislature 
gave NSU $790,190 to be distribut- 
ed to faculty salaries. Fifty percent 
of that amount created a flat rate 
increase of $1,303 for all full-time 
employees. 

Thirty percent of the $790,190 
amount was spread amongst fac- 
ulty based on individual merit. 

Department supervisors and 
college deans decide the merit 
basing for each faculty member in 
their department. A faculty mem- 
ber with a higher merit would re- 
ceive more than an employee with 
no merits. 



The last 20 percent of the 
$790,190 was distributed to the de- 
partment heads. 

"The department head and or 
supervisor had that pocket of mon- 
ey that they could distribute to the 
people in their department to try to 
establish better equity within their 
department and or college," Han- 
son said. 

After faculty members re- 
ceived their raise from the $790,190 
amount, $1,080,658 was given to 
Hanson get each faculty member 
closer to the SREB target. 

Hanson said the first thing he 
did was set aside $2,000 for every 
faculty member. Then he talked to 
Steven Gabrey, associate profes- 
sor of biology and faculty senate 
president, about how close faculty 
should be to the SREB average. 

"Myself and Dr. Gabrey agreed 
that somebody who just got into a 
rank or had been in that rank for 
a little while probably shouldn't be 
as close (to the SREB average) as 
somebody who had been at that 
rank for a long time," Hanson said. 

Instructor, assistant professor, 
associate professor and full profes- 
sor are the instructional rankings 
at NSU. It takes five years to be 
eligible to be promoted to the next 
ranking, Hanson said. 

In order to keep things fair, 
Hanson said he broke down the dif- 
ference between the faculty salaries 
and the SREB average into 1/5 in- 



crements. For example, an associ- 
ate professor who has been in that 
ranking for two years would gain 
2/5 of the difference between their 
current salary and the SREB aver- 
age for an associate professor. 

"So, if you've been in that rank 
for five years, you are now earning 
at least 100 percent of the SREB av- 
erage," Hanson said. 

Yet, if a faculty member's 1/5 
incremental increased salary is 
less than the $2,000 that Hanson 
set aside first, the person gets the 
$2,000. 

"Whichever was larger," Han- 
son said. 

The 68 new faculty members 
were contracted at a higher salary 
pay than new faculty of the past, 
but are five years away from their 
titles' SREB average, Hanson said. 

The salaries of the non-faculty 
staff, like vice presidents and direc- 
tors, were also raised to meet the 
College and University Professional 
Association (CUPA) average. 

First the non-faculty staff re- 
ceived $3,500. Then they received 
1/2 the difference between their 
updated salary and the CUPA aver- 
age. If they were already at or above 
the CUPA average after receiving 
the $3,500, then that was all they 
received. 

"Some people got $3,500, some 
people got more because they were 
still away from their CUPA aver- 
age," Hanson said. 



*all reeieved inilal $ 1 ,500 

Full time faculty 

1. $790,190 

□50%(395,095) 

broken up to all faculty in flat rate of $1 ,303 
□30%(237,057) distributed Lm.>ed on individual mei 
w2G%( 158.038) given to department heads to 
"establish belter equity within their department" 

2. $1,080,658 

GOAL: look at each salary and get as close to current 
title's SREB average 

□Dissect the difference between the faculty member's 
salary and the SREB average into 1/5 increments. (De- 
pending on die number of years in current title deter- 
mines the percent of the difference earned. 
1 year= i/5, 2 years= 2/5...) 
Or receives 

□ $2,000 (whichever is larger) 

Full time non-faculty 

(directors and vice presidents) 

1. $3,500 to al! 

2. Reach CUPV average 

□Give 1/2 the difference between the faculty membc 
updated salary (after the $3500) and the CUPA average 





Kelli FontenoChri: 
Life EditoOpir 
kfonteno002@student.nsula.ediCwat 
September 19, 2005ept< 



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THIS WEEK: 

September 19, 1928, 

Adam West 
September 20, 1878: 

Upton Sinclair 
September 21, 1950: 

Bill Murray 
September 22, 1960: 

Joan Jett 
September 23, 1930: 

Ray Charles 
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■ 

'New Faces' dazzles theatre department 71 " 



Bobbie Hayes 

Staff' Reporter 

"You use a glass mirror to 
see your face; you use works of 
art to see your soul," playwright 
George Bernard Shaw once said. 

Forty- four "New Faces" showed 
their souls to a packed house in The- 
atre West on Monday by participat- 
ing in their first NSU production. 

The theater pulsed with energy 
and applause from the first note of 
the opening number, "We Don't 
Wanna Show Off," to the last bow 
of an audience-demanded encore. 

"We have truly amazing tal- 
ent," faculty producer of "New 
Faces" Vicki Parrish said. "This 
is an unbelievable and excit- 
ing freshman class. We expect 
a lot of great things from them." 

While this may have been their 
first NSU performance, these new- 
comers handled the pressure with 
apparent ease, each of them bring- 
ing something unique to the stage. 

Monologues, songs, dances, 
speeches and a drum perfor- 
mance awed the crowd all night 
without a dragging moment. 



"I was petrified" freshman the- 
atre major Kimberly Cascio said. 

"Once I got up there I was glad 
I went first, but I wasn't while I 
was just sitting there waiting." 

Tyler Maxey said he 
was not nervous but "excit- 
ed" at his chance to close out 



"This is an 
unbelievable 
and exciting 
freshman class. 
We expect a lot 
of great things 
from them" 

~Vicki Parrish 



so 



the evening as the last act. 

"It was so great to have 
many people come out," soph- 
omore theatre major Brian 
Foster and "New Face" said. 

An enthusiastic audience filled 
Theatre West's original 100 chairs, 



NSU hosts 
Career Fair 

Si Tucker/Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter/Life Editor 



Representatives from organi- 
zations throughout Louisiana pre- 
sented job opportunities to NSU 
juniors and seniors at the Career 
Fair Wednesday. 

Students were invited to walk 
through the Friedman Student 
Union ballroom, talk to represen- 
tatives about their companies, and 
obtain information about the posi- 
tions offered by each organization. 

Some areas of interest, howev- 
er, were not represented at the fair. 

"It was not as helpful as they 
made it out to be," junior English 
major Terranda Donatto said. 

Each organization set up an 
information booth and spoke with 
students about the available posi- 
tions. 

CAT Louisiana Machinery, for 
example, came to the fair in search 
of a machinery salesman. 

The company specified that 
they were seeking an outgoing 
graduate with a degree in busi- 



These businesses were 
represented at the Career Fair: 

Hie Bossier Sheriff 's Office 
Court- Approved Special Advocate; 
for Children of Louisiana 
Army Health Care Team 
Louisiana Department of Public 
Safety and Corrections 
PubEc Safety Services, 
CAT Louisiana Machinery 
Louisiana State Police 
Wal-Mart 
Walgreens 



Enterpri 
Southern Unix 



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ness, marketing or management 
who would be able to represent the 
company well, CAT representative 
Michael Cain said. 

"The kind of people that played 
with Tonka trucks when they were 
kids," Cain said. 

Police officers from Bossier, La- 
fayette, Irving and Louisiana State 
Police came to the fair as well. 

Officer Fertano Jackson repre- 
sented LSP at the fair and said the 
police department was looking for 
an applicant with good moral char- 
acter and a clean record. 



Freshmen evaluate goals and plan 
their semester at FYI Challenge 



Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

The FYI Challenge is an event 
for freshmen that helps them set 
their goals and learn how to get 
involved in their first year at college. 

"FYI Challenge is a simulation 
of a freshman's first year in 
college," sophomore health and 
exercise science major Eddie 
Higgcnbotham said. "Its purpose is 
to make freshmen aware of certain 
issues that may occur during their 
first year and how to prioritize 
their activities, balance their 
work load, and pace themselves 
in order to survive the 'challenge' 
the college brings in their lives." 

Top students at NSU were 
chosen to be FYI facilitators. 
They each played a different 
character that correlated with a 
different aspect of college life, 
such as police, fitness trainers 
and professors, Higgenbotham 
said, who played the part of Dad. 

Corrections and Clarifications 

■ Dr. Hesham Mesbah: We're sorry. 

■ Sorry about the large print spelling errors on the Sept. 12 opinions page. 

■ Our apologies to the following co-sponsors we inadvertently overlooked in the legislative 
forums story: the American Democracy Project, the Department of Journalism and the School 
of Social Sciences. 



The event is split into two 
semesters, each lasting 20 
minutes, Higgenbotham said. 

Students start out with 
scorecards with five categories such 
as academic performance, campus 
involvement, social life, physical 
and emotional well-being, and 
spiritual life, Higgenbotham said. 

The students set goals for 
their first semester based on these 
categories. A point value on a scale 
from 1-10 was used to help students 
set these goals, Higgenbotham said. 

When the time started, students 
had to run around and get as many 
points as they could to satisfy their 
goal points. Different stations were 
set up with tasks students could 
perform to earn points for different 
categories, Higgenbotham said. 

For example, writing and 
mailing a letter to your best friend 
about your first semester of college 
counted for three social points. 

Cops could give you parking 
or speeding ticket, you could 

OUR BAD! 



get sick and other obstacles 
would get in the way of your 
goals, Higgenbotham said. 

Whenever one of these 
things happened, you would 
have to stop whatever you 
were doing and resolve it. 

Going to the cashier's office 
to pay for a parking ticket could 
waste a lot of your time. While 
standing in line, the teller could 
close the window at any time. 

For Higgenbotham's role 
as the dad, students would call 
home and talk to him about their 
experiences at college so far. 

At the end of the 20 minutes, 
students re-evaluated their 
goals based on how they met 
their original goals. At the end 
of the program, students added 
up their score to see how well 
they did, Higgenbotham said. 

"My favorite thing about FYI is 
that it teaches you a lesson, but you 
are having so much fun that you 
hardly realize it," Higgenbotham said. 



additional seating and all of the 
standing room it had to offer be- 
fore people could no longer enter. 

Parrish estimated 
140 people were in atten- 
dance at the performance. 

The "New Faces" per- 
formers have been practic- 
ing their introductions since 
the first week of the semester. 

New students were paired 
with upper-classman coaches 
who volunteered to help them 
prepare for their first big night. 

"It was just so exciting to 
see all of the new talent in the 
theatre department," junior the- 
atre major Annie Gaarder said. 

Upcoming theatre department 
productions include the 24-Hour 
Play Festival - during which stu- 
dents write, cast, rehearse and per- 
form a play all in one day - will take 
place Monday and the final product 
performed on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. 

The theatre department is 
also learning lyrics and chore- 
ography in preparation for their 
production of the Broadway hit 
CATS, which will be performed 
in A.A. Fredericks on Oct. 17-20. 




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Life Editor 



Fifty students and five faculty 
members from the NSU art depart- 
ment will travel to Dallas Thursday 
to study art at several museums. 

Professor of art Michael 
Yankowksi and associate profes- 
sor of art Roger Chandler will be 
among the faculty members who 
accompany the students on the 
sixth-annual art trip. 

Students will visit exhibits at 
the Amon Carter Museum, the 
Kimbel Museum and the Dal- 
las Museum of Art. Students 
will also be able to visit the Mod- 
ern Art Museum in Fort Worth. 

"Those museumsare world class 
and very significant," Chandler said. 
"There's a lot of material there that 
is relative to everybody's discipline." 

Chandler and Yankowski 
agreed there is a tremendous dif- 
ference between looking at a 
photograph of a painting in a 
textbook and looking at a paint- 



ing that covers an entire wall. 

"There's a sense of connectivity 
there that you can't get in the class- 
room," Chandler said. 

Artists intended for their work 
to be seen in its original form, 
Yankowski said. 

"When Rembrandt or Renoir 
or Degas made paintings, they 
didn't expect them to be published 
in books," Yankowski said. "You're 
supposed to see the painting... they 
don't have the same impact on a 
little tiny picture in a book or even 
on a computer screen." 
"The presence of the object itself is 
important to the art, the fact that you 
can walk around a sculpture and not 
have to look at a flat picture of it... 
there's absolutely no comparison." 

Communication and connec- 
tion.are very important because art 
is a visual discipline, Chandler said. 

At NSU, students are manufac- 
turing their own visual languages 
and learning to express them- 
selves fluently in those languag- 
es, Chandler said. Trips like this 



invitat 



all the things that they saw at the mi 
seum," Yankowski said. "It's a greP ent 
motivator for us, because they s£ut 
'Hey, that's what I want to be. I waij, j 
to be an artist; I want to do tha{_ 

Another reason for this oti 
of-state trip -as well as last yea I ll £^ 
trip to New York - is exposui 
to new places, Chandler sai 

"We had one young woit 
an on our trip to New Yo$. 
that had never been on 
plane before," Chandler 

On the trip to New York 
year, students visited the Mi 
ropolitan museum of art, 
Museum of Modern Art, % 
Whitney Museum and the Gx 
per-Hewitt Museum of Desij. 

Chandler went to New Yof 
this summer to visit galleries • 
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Speed dating: U it really worth it in the long run? 



Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 

Speed dating is steadily grow- 
ing in popularity; even the media 
has been giving it an impressive 
amount of attention. 

Speed dating is an event where 
men and women are rotated around 
tables, giving them an opportunity 
to meet multiple people in small 
three to eight minute dates. 

A recent study was conducted 
in which speed daters were asked to 
fill out a survey of the characteris- 
tics they wanted in their ideal mate. 
The partners they picked during 
the speed dating session were then 
compared to the survey they filled 
out beforehand. 

As it turns out, the men often 
chose the most attractive women as 
their perspective dates. When the 



surveys were compared, the men 
pretty much disregarded the char- 
acteristics they had written down 
and based their decisions from 
what they saw. 

When it came to the women, 
they surprisingly proved to be the 
least picky. They tended to pick 
men they found as equal attractive- 
ness to their own. 

The women were conscious 
of their looks and made efforts to 
appear especially attractive. They 
knew the "level" of man they would 
be able to attain, and if they con- 
sidered the man to be hotter than 
them, they wouldn't put his name 
down for a second date. 

The study confirmed what I be- 
lieve about this growing fad: it's an 
inadequate way to find a partner. 

Since speed dating became 
popular, many people have turned 



to it as an easy way to meet people 
you might not necessarily meet 
otherwise. 

Yet, speed dating 
makes the thought of 
finding an ideal mate 
almost impossible. You 
don't really learn much 
about the other per- 
son with the five or so 
minutes you are given 
to socialize. Most deci- 
sions are based heavily 
around the physical at- 
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Amanda Duncil 

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person. 

Take a normal relationship, for 
example. 

Most strong relationships de- 
velop over a period of time, some- 
times involving two people who 
might not have had a great first im- 
pression of each other. 



In a speed dating situation, you 
have the potential to meet a great 
person and turn him or her 
down because you didn't 
particularly think they 
looked good enough for 
your standards. 
Of course, you do have 
the possibility of going on 
a second date with one of 
those good looking people 
and discovering that they 
are everything you've ever 
wanted in a mate; every- 
body's happy and you live 
happily ever after. 
You have about the same 
chance with this as if you were to 
pick a random stranger from the 
street and ask them out on a date. 

The other alternative, which 
is infinitely more likely to occur, is 
that you go on a date and find that 



good looking person was being 
fake and is the complete opposite 
of how he or she acted when you 
first met him or her. 

What it boils down to is that 
speed dating is almost as credible 
as Internet dating, except while 
Web sites like Cupid.com allow you 
to see a little bit about the person 
before you have to meet them in 
face to face, you still have to base 
your decision on the small amount 
of information they chose to pro- 
vide you with. 

The media seems to glamor- 
ize these random pairings by use of 
commercials and articles about the 
success of a few people finding their 
soul mates, but these things may be 
a more reasonable idea if you were 
someone more inclined to connect 
with a partner for a short period of 
time. 



Voting along party lines may result in statewide shame 



Chris Watts 

Opinions F.ditor 

The state of Louisiana has been 
blowing out its tires on a poorly 
paved road ever since Hurricanes 
Katrina and Rita, but is approach- 
ing a turning point in the upcoming 
October elections. 

Improving education, infra- 
structure, insurance reform and 
ethics reform are all challenges at 
the forefront of Louisiana's to-do 
list. 

Our state, however, is plagued 
by another problem sliming its way 
past everyone's attention. Louisi- 
ana needs voter reform. 



Louisiana citizens have a long 
history of split-ticket voting. While 
Louisiana has traditionally voted 
Republican in nation- 
al elections, Demo- 
crats have dominated 
state elections. 

Registered Dem- 
ocrats outnumber 
registered Republi- 
cans in the state of 
Louisiana 1.49 mil- 
lion to 892,627 as of 
October, according to an article in 
the Town Talk in Alexandria. This 
means that some state Democrats 
flip-flop their voting patterns in na- 
tional elections. 




by Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



Louisiana Republicans usually 
don't look any further than the "R" 
next to a candidate's name on the 
voting ballots. 

In the past, this 
letter has proven to be 
far more important than 
a candidate's education, 
political experience, and 
even ethical practices. 

Attorney Royal 
Alexander, a Shreveport 
Republican seeking the 
attorney general spot, was 
exposed by the Times- 



state 
recently 

Picayune for unethical fund-raising 
practices. 

According to the article, ex- 



Who are the ^feita Six? 



Matt Morrison 

Guest Columnist 

Living in Louisiana should be 
reason enough for anybody to know 
who they are and what the fuss sur- 
rounding them is all about. Yet, the 
number of people who do not know 
about the situation - in some cases 
having never even heard of it - is 
alarming; especially since the story 
is so close to home. 

It has been covered by national 
news media and has created a vi- 
cious controversy. It has revealed 
to the nation that racism and injus- 
tice are still ever present, even in 
2007. 

So who are the "Jena Six?" 

In short, the phrase refers 
to six black high school students 
who, on Dec. 4, 2006, assaulted a 
white teenager, giving him a con- 
cussion and a few minor injuries. 
The attack on the young man was 
a response to him "bragging" about 
one of the boys being beaten up at a 
party the previous Friday evening. 

This wasn't, however, a random 
act of violence. 

In the months leading up to the 
beating, several events occurred 
that heightened racial tension in 
Jena. In August 2006, a black stu- 



dent asked permission from the 

principal to sit under what was un- 
officially declared a "white tree." 

With permission granted, the 
students allegedly sat beneath the 
tree, much to the annoyance of the 
white students. 

The next day three nooses 
were discovered hanging from the 
tree. Though this was clearly a hate 
crime, the parish superintendent 
and school board agreed it was 
nothing worth making a fuss about, 
and the three white stu- 
dents accused of pulling 
the "prank" got off with 
three days suspension. 

On Nov. 30, 2006 
of the same year, an un- 
known arsonist set fire to 
the school's main building. 
Whites and blacks blamed 
each other for the crime, 
though the real culprit 
was never found. 

There is some dis- 
pute, however, whether 
the above incidents were associated 
with the beatings that took place on 
Dec. 4, 2006. 

What is known is that a fight 
occurred on Dec. 1, 2006 between 
one of the "six," five other black 
youths and a group of white men. 



Matt Morrison 

Guest Columnist 



This brings us back to the following 

Monday when the "six" beat up the 
white student who was bragging 
about Friday's fight. 

The victim of the beating was 
hospitalized, though only for a day. 
He was released in time to attend a 
ceremony at school that very night. 
Despite the fact he wasn't critically 
injured, the six black students were 
arrested and charged with attempt- 
ed second-degree murder. 

Three nooses result in a three 
day suspension and a fight 
results in attempted mur- 
der charges. Something 
doesn't seem right here. 
Though the charges were 
reduced in September 
2007, there is still some- 
thing very wrong in how 
the justice system works in 
central Louisiana. The only 
thing it has done is prov- 
en that racism is still very 
prevalent. 

The Jim Crow 
laws and segregation are mostly 
a thing of the past, it is apparent 
to me people still haven't learned 
to see people and not skin color. 
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ecutives from the Louisiana Asso- 
ciation of Ambulatory Healthcare 
requested Alexander's assistance 
in lobbying against proposed cuts 
in payments to certain providers 
that serve Medicaid and Medicare 
patients in Washington. 

"I am very busy," Alexander re- 
sponded in an e-mail. "So, in return 
for the precious time I am going to 
take away from my campaign for 
Attorney General to assist you, I 
am going to ask you to make a sub- 
stantial financial contribution to 
my campaign." 

Alexander went on to say, "If 
you don't help me as I help you 
(now for the second time) it is going 
to make me think you are not very 
serious about reducing or eliminat- 
ing these drastic rate cuts... I don't 
have time to waste on projects for 
people who don't care about help- 
ing me... The money I will save you 
if we reduce or eliminate these cuts 
will more than offset your contri- 



bution." 

"Please consider making a 
$5,000 contribution... I can accept 
corporate contributions." 

This is extortion, and it is ille- 
gal. 

Ethics reform is arguably one 
of Louisiana's greatest challenges. 
Sometimes, candidates self-de- 
struct before their names appear 
on the ballots. Other times, it's too 
late. 

From William Jefferson's freez- 
er full of cash to David Vitter's romp 
with Washington and New Orleans 
prostitutes, our elected officials 
continue to humiliate our state on 
a national platform. 

There's no way of knowing 
the corruption taking place be- 
hind closed doors, but Louisiana 
citizens can pull their weight in the 
ethics reform struggle by voting on 
individuals, not values and letters. 

On Oct. 20, the nation will be 
watching. 



Reality TV no longer 
represents. . . reality 



Lauren Sciba 

Guest Columnist 

It seems almost every night this 
week audiences are invited to wit- 
ness sagas ranging from the weight 
loss struggles of the morbidly obese 
to the trials and tribulations of rail- 
thin wanna-be's climbing their way 
to. the top of the fashion industry. 
Yes, it's that time again, the televi- 
sion phenomenon known as reality 
TV has risen once again as count- 
less numbers of "real-life" shows 
premier this fall. 

It all started years ago in a land 
far, far away called New York. The 
show followed the true story of 
seven strangers, picked to live in a 
house, work together and had their 
lives taped and found out 
what happened when peo- 
ple stopped being polite... 
Well, everyone knows the 
rest. This particular show 
acted as Pandora's Box as an 
epidemic of "reality-based" 
television spread to pop- 
culture. 

Oh, how times have 
changed! There is not just 
one kind of reality show 
anymore. There are real- 
ity game shows like NBC's 
Deal or No Deal, reality dating 
shows such as ABC's The Bachelor, 
reality dramas like MTV's The Hills 
and of course, celebrealty, a term 
VH1 so eloquently coined with its 
show, The Surreal Life. 

It seems as though regular peo- 
ple have bought into the philosophy 
that now anyone can be famous. All 
one has to do in order to become 
a reality TV star is be memorable, 
or at least as memorable as one 
can be in 15 minutes. The idea of 
pseudo-celebrity status being at the 
fingertips of society seems to have 
hypnotized Americans. 

But why do we indulge our- 
selves in this form of entertain- 
ment? Do we really care what 



happens to the vapid blondes on 
Sunset Tan or which criminal Dog 
the Bounty Hunter will catch next? 
Perhaps the fuel for this obsession 
is the human nature to be nosy. 

Everyone is guilty of eaves- 
dropping on a neighbor's argument 
or spending just a little too much 
time on Facebook. The bottom line 
is, humans like to know what is go- 
ing on, whether it is their business 
or not; reality TV has just made it 
an acceptable practice. 

The problem with reality TV is 
that although at one point in time, 
it might have actually been some- 
what authentic, it is now about as 
real as the patients on Dr. 90210. 
After working behind the scenes 
on two different shows, I have seen 
first hand how much 
work it takes to make a 
reality show look real. 
On a particular show, I 
witnessed as contestants 
were ordered to shoot 
and re-shoot their "reac- 
tions" to another contes- 
tant's performance. How 
many times can a person 
give a high-five or have 
Lauren Sciba an expression of shock 
Guest Columnist and awe before it stops 
being reality and starts 
being scripted? But be- 
fore I owe a couple of networks 3 
million dollars for breaching my 
contract of secrecy, let's move on. 

There is no shame in indulging 
in this form of entertainment, how- 
ever, it is when people start believ- 
ing its legitimacy that it becomes 
disturbing. As long as audiences 
recognize that not everyone lives in 
a million dollar home or loses 200 
pounds 24 episodes, or acts with 
no internal filter or moral values 
system, reality TV is more than 
welcome to stick around. It is when 
people start living their every-day 
lives as though they are the stars 
of their own show, that it becomes 
dangerous. 





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It's a Mad, 
Mad, Mad, 
Mad Season... 

By Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Last season, it was a whole new 
team, a whole new look and a whole 
new attitude... 
so what hap- 
pened to the 
New Orleans 
Saints? 

In the first 
two weeks, the 
Saints look like 
those guys that 
couldn't beat 
the Little Sis- 
ters of the Poor junior varsity team. 
I've grown up a Saints fan. I've seen 
and lived through those times. So it 
was sad to hear my friend say he's 
burning his black and gold - how 
come there are so many people on 
the bandwagon? 

"So what's the Saints prob- 
lem?" 

They have every key player 
from their glorious NFC cham- 
pionship run a year ago with the 
exception of Joe Horn. They made 
some off-season acquisitions to 
help rebuild their defense that held 
steady against the run but gave up 
too many big plays through the air. 
I'm all about giving the Saints the 
benefit of the doubt. Let's say they 
had trouble dealing with their first 
two games away from the Superdo- 
me. Fans may be able to accept that, 
but there's fear the Saints' problems 
run much deeper. 

The Saints defense has made no 
strides to stop big pass plays. Joey 
Galloway found that out quickly 
on Sunday as he gashed the Saints' 
secondary all game long. Ask Pey- 
ton Manning how easy it was to 
find his receivers in their Thursday 
night season opener against New 
Orleans. 

My question is this: Is it a 
personnel problem as everyone 
thought last year, or could it be a 
schematic problem that is hurting 
the Saints? 

Reggie Bush had an anemic 
yard per carry average last season, 
with just 3.6. In the off-season, the 
staff and Bush promised to amend 
that, but after two weeks, he's only 
at 3.0. 

In today's NFL, you need a pair 
of running backs that are capable 
of picking up 4.5 yards per carry 
or more every time they get their 
hands on the ball. It wears defenses 
out. 

Bush tries to make too many 
cuts. He dances around too much 
trying to make people miss. He's 
learning quickly these guys hit a 
little harder- a la the Eagles- and 
don't miss tackles as much as Pac 
10 conference players. 

The Saints also made a crucial 
draft day mistake. No. 1 pick Rob- 
ert Meachem was expected to help 
phase out the departed Joe Horn. 
Meachem was picked up in lieu of a 
defensive player. 

How many yards does 
Meachem have thus far? 

catches for yards. 

Drew Brees has been the most 
backwards player in football these 
first two weeks. He's completed 
63.5 percent of his passes for 452 
yards in two games but has thrown 
three picks and only three comple- 
tions of over 20 yards. 

Maybe the Brees stat line mir- 
rors the team he leads - maybe 
New Orleans is just a wacky fran- 
chise, bound to drift from scary 
good to mediocre and back again 
on any play, any week or season. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore jour- 
nalism major. The views expressed 
do not necessarily represent those of 
the entire Sauce staff or those of the 
university. 



Soccer takes two wins over weekend 



Alex Michael 

Sauce Reporter 

The Demons soccer team im- 
proved their record on the year 
after two impressive in-state wins 
this past weekend on the road. 

The Demons (4-2) bounced 
back after a tough loss this past 
week to North Texas with two big 
wins against non-conference oppo- 
nents on Friday and Sunday. 

The Demons opened the week- 
end with a 3-2 win over Centenary. 

"Any time you play an in-state 
school, you're happy to come out 
with a positive result," head coach 
Jimmy Mitchell said. "We jumped 
on them early with a 3-0 lead, but 
we kind of fell apart in the second 
half." 

The Demons started fast 
thanks in large part to two early 
goals by senior Erin Hebert. Along 
with Hebert, sophomore Madeline 
Hall added another score to push 
the Demons to a commanding 3-0 
lead in the first half. 

Centenary scored their first 
goal late in the first half and only 
managed one more late in the 
game. 

"I felt like we put together 40 
minutes of a game, and though it 
wasn't a complete game, we still got 
the victory," Mitchell said. 

The Demons, despite a slow 
start, continued their winning ways 
when they traveled to face the Lou- 
isiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. 

"I didn't feel like we played 
particularly well in the first half," 
Mitchell said. "I felt like we needed 
to challenge our players at the half 
and they responded with three 
quick goals after halftime." 

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senior Erin Hebert led the Demons 
to the lopsided victory. 

Gibbs netted two goals and 
picked up an assist on Hebert s fifth 
score of the season. The Demons 
boast an impressive 3-0 record 
against in-state opponents so far 
on their non-conference slate. 

"When it comes to recruiting, 
especially in-state, all those games 
are important." Mitchell said. "Any 
time you can win those kinds of 



games, it helps with the public per- 
ception of your university and its 
soccer program." 

The Demons are winding down 
their non-conference schedule 
with some big games at Louisiana- 
Monroe, Arkansas-Little Rock and 
Tulsa. 

The Demons' last home game 
before Southland Conference play 
will be Saturday versus another in- 
state foe, Southern University. 




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Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

The Demons drew 17 penalties 
for 110 yards Saturday in a 42-14 
loss to Northeastern in Brookline, 

Mass. 

The Purple Swarm defense was also 
largely ineffective against the Hus- 
kies as NSU recorded their worst 
loss to a Football Championship 
Subdivision - formerly Division 1- 
AA - since 2005. 

Byron Lawrence fell two yards 
shy of logging his third straight 
game with 100 yards or more. 
The Huskies defense harassed Ger- 
mayne Edmond, who had his first 
game of the season with negative 
net yards rushing. Edmond - who 
had his best passing performance 
last weekend against UCA - strug- 
gled against Northeastern, com- 
pleting eight of 17 passes for 126 
yards with one pick and two touch- 
downs. 

Gorgon Freeman snagged a touch- 
down pass and Clay Broyles had a 
30-yard touchdown catch, his only 
catch of the day. 

The Demons gave up 174 yards 
on the ground to bruising tailback 
Maurice Murray. The Huskies led 
21-14 at the half and Northeastern 



padded their lead late in the t 
quarter on an Anthony Orio 
yard scramble. 

Orio also completed seven pa 
for 130 yards including touchdo 
of 46 and 21 yards. 

Head coach Scott Stoker 
cepted no excuses for his teai 
loss. 

"(Penalties are) called di 
ently in our league," Stoker saij 
"But you have to adapt. There's 
excuse. You've got to play ;\ gol 
game of football and we didn't" 

The Demons will get a we 
recovery this week as they sit 
for this weekend's slate of colli 
football matchups. Stoker was 
fuming during the Southland O 
ference's weekly conference call, 

"That was probably the woj 
we've played since I've been 
coach here," Stoker said. "We dii 
execute in any phase of the garni 

"We're going to take this wi 
and just try to get better. The 
not a whole lot we can take 
of the film from the Northeas 
game." 

The Demons will travel to 
as Tech on Sept. 29 before travel 
to Nicholls to resume SLC play 
Oct. 6. The Demons are current 
in first place in the conference. 



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Women's Basketball 

Chassidy Jones, the 13th leading 
scorer in Lady Demon history signed a 
professional contract with the UL Anti- 
guish team of Ireland's Woman's Super 
League. 

Jones was a four-year starter at 
NSU and is fifth all-time in rebounds. 
Jones will be the only professional on 
the team and expected to be the best. 

The Antiguish is one of the most 
successful teams in the league, winning 
the WSL title in 2003, 2004, and 200f>. 



The Week 
Ahead 



Wednesday 

Soccer @ ULM 

Friday 

Tennis @ Arkansas-Little Rock 
Volleyball @ SFA 

Soccer <a> Southern University-Baton Rouge 
Saturday 

Tennis @ Arkansas-Little Rock 
Cross Country @ ULM 
Volleyball <a> Sam Houston 

Sunday 

Soccer at Arkansas- Little Rock 



Baseball 



The Demons opened fall prac 

Monday under new head coach J. P. L_ 

vis Rebbe< 

Davis, a former member of Senior J 
NSU pitching staff, got the promoti 
in August after Mitch Gaspard toolj 
position on the coaching staff at . 
bama. 

He takes over with eight of nl 
starters and three starting pitch! 
back from a year ago. Davis also brii 
back nine other position players 
saw action and four bullpen pitcher! 



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believe that the 
beating was a 
result of igno- 
rant retaliation 
towards sup- 
pressed of- 
fense." 



lashad R. Smith 

lenior psychology major 



"It really hasn't 
for 1 affected me 

that much." 



ordan Docter 

reshman computer informa- 
ion systems major 



Karaski L. Melvin 

Sauce Reporter 

Thousands of people in Jena 
- a small town of about 3,000 peo- 
ple - gathered for a daylong protest 
rally Thursday in support of the 
"Jena Six," a group of black students 
charged and imprisoned for beat- 
ing a white student. 

The story reached out to civil 
rights activists Jesse Jackson, Al 
Sharpton and Martin Luther King, 
III, who made the trek to Jena. 

A few white Jena residents 
greeted those who entered the city 
with cardboard signs displaying 
"Jena is not racist." 

"There's a lot of people putting 
it like it's racist and, honestly, I'm 
so ready for it to be over withr'said 



Tiffany Mitchell, one of the sign 
holders. 

After speeches from Sharpton 
and Jackson, the protestors spread 
across the town. 

Most gathered around the Jena 
courthouse, and others went to the 
high school. 

"When something like this 
happens, the best thing to do is to 
come in with light and shine a light 
on it, because it's a dark thing that 
they don't want people to see," Mi- 
chael Peranteau of Houston, said. 

Rose Fitts of Birmingham, 
Ala., said she believes it is not just a 
race issue but an issue of right and 
wrong. 

"It doesn't matter what age, 
what group or what color; injustice 
is injustice," Fitts said. 

Protesters gathered around the 



"white tree," which was thought to 
intensify the racial problems when 
three nooses were hung there last 
year. 

Ray Hodges, a white auto shop 
teacher, stood at the school and 
took questions from anyone who 
would ask... black or white. 

There was much more to the 
story that was not reported at all, 
he said. 

Like the girls at the city limits, 
Hodges said the people of Jena are 
not racists. 

The protesters should come 
back to Jena on a normal school 
day or at one of the football games 
to get a real sense of what the town 
is like, Hodges said. 

Jena is 70 miles from Natchi- 
toches. 




Photo by Branson Sparks/The Tech Talk 

Woman holds up sign to express her disapproval of racism during 
speech, a part of the rally in Jena, Louisiana. 




Natchitoches 



Courtesy of Yahoo! Maps 



How the 'Jena Six' started 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

In August 2006, a black stu- 
dent from Jena asked the principal 
of Jena High School whether blacks 
could sit under a tree where usually 
just white students would sit. 

Although the principal gave 
the OK, nooses were found in the 
tree the next day. 

The school board suspended 
three white students for the act but 
did not seek criminal prosecution. 

"The boys shouldn't have done 
it," said 64-year-old native of Jena 
who wanted to be called "Jones." 
Jones, however, did not see the act 
as such a significant event as it later 



Weather 



turned out to be. 

This incident and the events 
that followed have brought a lot 
of publicity to the "small, but big, 
little town" of Jena, which is home 
to about 2,900 people, Jones said. 

The incident at Jena High led 
to fights between blacks and whites 
in Jena that escalated until Decem- 
ber when Justin Barker, a white 
Jena High School student, was 
knocked unconscious on school 
grounds. Barker's face was swollen 
and bloodied, according to court 
testimony, but he attended a school 
function the same night. 

"I do not think it was a hate 
crime," Jones said. "The media have 
portrayed us as a very racial town, 



and we're not." 

Things would have played out 
differently "if the media had left it 
all alone," Jones said. 

Six black teens - Robert Bai- 
ley Jr. Jesse Ray Beard, Mychal Bell, 
Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis and 
Theo Shawmay - were arrested 
for the beating. Five were charged 
as adults for attempted second-de- 
gree murder, but these charges have 
been reduced for four of them. 

"These boys did do this, and 
I think they should be punished," 
Jones said. "If they're guilty, they 
ought to be charged; if they're not, 
they shouldn't be." 

Mychal Bell, although 16- 
years-old at the time of the beating, 



was tried as an adult and convicted 
of aggravated second-degree bat- 
tery. A state appeals court, how- 
ever, said Bell could not be tried as 
an adult for the crime. 

A bond hearing for Bell was 
ordered on Thursday by the Loui- 
siana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals 
in Lake Charles to take place with- 
in 72 hours, defense attorney Bob 
Noel said. 

Also on Thursday, more than 
15,000 people from all over the 
country rallied at a peace march in 
Jena. 

Waylon Metoyer, a senior busi- 
ness administration major at NSU, 
said he wants "equal justice on both 
sides." 



Metoyer attended the march 
and being there gave him "a feeling 
like no other." 

"We know racism is still going 
on today," Metoyer said. 

This was just a start that has al- 
ready led to other racial discrimina- 
tion, which Metoyer said he heard 
about from others at the rally. 

"It got all the black folks stirred 
up," said Metoyer, who is also the 
president of NSU's chapter of Al- 
pha Phi Alpha. 

He said it showed they had to 
make a peaceful statement at the 
protest, "and we did." 

The Associated Press contrib- 
uted to this report. 



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German professor vents complaints in book 



James Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

Frank Schicketanz gripes about 
women not having a suitable place 
to breastfeed in public. 

He finds speed traps annoying 
and unnecessary. 

He perceives Americans as 
overly proud and too arrogant to 
consider change. 

He thinks the drinking age 
should be lowered. 

He is appalled by fast-food 
chains and saddened by American 
disregard for nature. 

But what he really can't stand 
is that hot dog buns come in packs 
of six, but the wieners themselves 
in packs of eight. 

If Frank Schicketanz had a 
dime for every gripe he has, he'd 
be a rich man. Then he might not 
gripe so much. His wife, Helen, 
tired of bearing the brunt of his 
complaints, suggested he write a 
book to vent some of his frustra- 
tion - so he did. 

The end result became "Gripe for 
a Change! (99 Things worth get- 
ting sore about)," which accuses 
the American Dream of ultimately 
leading to unhappiness while chal- 
lenging its readers to take a stand 
on everything from an insufficient 
minimum wage and billboards 
blocking otherwise aesthetically- 
pleasing views to the unjust and 
sudden disappearance of car bum- 
pers. 

Schicketanz said his griping 
should not be mistaken for pessi- 
mism, because this leads to apathy, 
complacency and inaction, three 
things his book tries to prevent. 

"Griping is a variant of critical 
thinking, something that is empha- 
sized in every liberal arts curricu- 
lum," Schicketanz writes. "It can 
and should lead to awareness and 
action." 

Schicketanz, an associate pro- 
fessor of German at the Louisiana's 
Scholar's College, has the burden 
of being well-educated and a sea- 



soned traveler, which means he's 
seen how things were and how they 
could be. 

An early baby-boomer, Schick- 
etanz said he grew up in a time 
when students were not simply ac- 
cepting the status quo but fighting 
for changes. 

His book is more of an appeal 
to his peers from that same gen- 
eration as they're entering retire- 
ment. Maybe, with the kids out of 
the house and no inherent need to 
spend the day in front of the televi- 
sion, it isn't too late to get involved 
in something again. 

The first part of the book, 
which is written in essay-format 
- he begins a numerical listing with 
brief commentary at gripe 45 - ad- 
dresses related gripes and explores 
a wide spectrum of topics encoun- 
tered in everyday life. He includes 
anecdotes and examples from his 
teaching experience to support his ) 
arguments. It's a quick read and 
written as much to entertain as to 
inform, Schicketanz said. 

The longest chapter deals with 
big business and its superficial- 
ity. He fears society might be hard 
pressed to change because so much 
money is being made off of unhap- 
piness. 

Schicketanz has nothing 
against business, or money for that 
matter. After all, he isn't giving 
his book away. He does, however, 
question several of today's business 
practices and laments the death of 
customer satisfaction. 

"I am old enough to remember 
a time when, if I was buying some- 
thing at a store, I wasn't meant to 
feel like I was doing the business 
a favor," he writes. "Then I had a 
sense that I was being served, now 
that I am being serviced." 

Schicketanz bemoans the fact 
that we have been turned into spec- 
tators by an entertainment indus- 
try that just wants us to consume. 
Whereas great thinkers and artists 
were looked up to in previous cen- 
turies, now, he says, we envy the 




Photo by Larry Pierce/The Current Sauce 

German professor Frank Schicketanz points to his new book. 



rich and famous and exalt those 
who can best keep us distracted. 
One of his greater concerns is that 
we are too nice to complain about 
anything. 

"We have come to tolerate 
things we find objectionable be- 
cause we think we are alone with 
our opposition or, alternatively, 
that these things represent some 
inevitable development that comes 
with living in America in the early 
21st century," Schicketanz said. 

Though born in Germany, 
Schicketanz has spent most of life 
stateside and considers himself, on 
all accounts, an American. He left 
the U.S. in the mid-1970s and spent 
14 years in Europe teaching English 
and earning a doctorate in German 
studies at the University of Tubin- 
gen. 

The time abroad afforded him a 
different perspective and he began 
thinking critically about things and 
comparing cultures and customs. 

"Frank has a world view that 
few people can ever hope to have 
because of his travel experience," 
said English instructor and friend 
Jerry Erath said. 

The broadening of perspective 



occurs naturally when spending 
time elsewhere, Schicketanz said. 

"If you're just here, people as- 
sume that, 'well, this is the way 
that it is. It can't be any different,'" 
Schicketanz said. 

The crux of the book is that life 
has become too stressful and un- 
happy, and people need to change 
while they can. Most, however, are 
looking in the wrong places. 

"We have gotten to the stage 
where we expect politicians in 
Washington or Baton Rouge to 
solve a lot of our problems," Schick- 
etanz said. "I think we have to come 
to the awareness that a lot that 
makes life less than what it could 
be or should be is not going to be 
solved in these places, but has to be 
met and addressed on a more per- 
sonal level." 

Schicketanz - who also taught 
at the Defense Language Institute 
in Monterey, Calif. - knows English 
grammar as well as he does Ger- 
man. He regrets that we have got- 
ten lazy with language and sympa- 
thizes with foreigners who scratch 
their heads at "restroom" or a street 
that is labeled a "dead end." 

He also sees no logic in older 



people still having "girlfriends." 
He said some people's inability to 
speak foreign languages only hurts 
them in the long run. 

"Whether language affects or 
merely reflects life, in either case 
it is indicative of what is currently 
transpiring in our country," he 
writes. "Here in the U.S., we neglect 
foreign languages at our own peril 
and often the peril of those we pur- 
port to help." 

The chapter devoted to linguis- 
tics also addresses what he refers to 
as a "squeamishness" that has de- 
veloped due to an obsession with 
political correctness. The gripe is 
that people try so hard not to of- 
fend anyone that meaning and ac- 
curacy are often sacrificed. 

"While the use of the word 
'gender' instead of 'sex' is annoy- 
ing, the various attempts to dance 
around the designations of race are 
examples of communal illogic mas- 
querading as racial sensitivity. One 
example thereof is the ridiculous 
term 'people of color.' What are the 
rest of us, albinos?" he writes. "We 
are sacrificing not only perfectly 
useful words, but we are substitut- 
ing them with vague, or even mis- 
leading, terminology, as if we had 
become the salespersons of the 
named objects. That this linguis- 
tic tiptoeing is accompanied by an 
ever-more vocal and pervasive use 
of profanity is more than ironic." 

It would be amusing to see 
whether a white friend of his from 
South Africa would also be re- 
ferred to as an African-American if 
he were to move here, Schicketanz 
said. 

His most recent gripe could re- 
sult in a return to Europe for a year. 
Many authors of German textbooks 
lack a fundamental understanding 
of English grammar, he said, and he 
is tired of his students having to pay 
the price for that, both figuratively 
and literally. 

If his request is approved he 
will start a project to create his 
own teaching material, which will 



include a lot of audio. 

Voices of native speakers ( 
a tape or CD that helps studen 
learn a difficult language wouldl 
a worthy use of our advancemei 
in technology, Schicketanz said. 
Excessive chattering and loi 
meaningless conversations on i 
phones, however, are not. 

"Courtesy has not kept pa 
with technology and I fear is lea 
ing society to its demise," he wrij 
in a chapter about restoring cm 
ity. 

This may seem exaggerate 
but he said people should lisfc 
closely to other's everyday convt 
sations. In his opinion, they 1} 
substance. 

"These conversations are ofii 
nothing more than an account 
what the person is doing," Sera 
etanz said. "Maybe there is sol 
one at the other end of the line 
terested in running a commen 
of what the other person is doi 
but is this really what thousai 
of years of human technology I 
wrought?" 

The one gripe others h« JUfliO 
about Schicketanz is that he is li play 1 
earnest. A student of his recem 
made fun of his inability to seleci Kelli 1 
humorous movie to show for Q Life I.c 
man film night. He concedes tl 
this might be attributed to the G ' ^ 
man inside of him, as the stere arc na 
type would have it. kut l ' 

"Maybe there is such a thl nas Dt 
as national characteristics or tei scent ' s 
peraments. I suppose I am a lid e labor 
bit more on the melancholic sid cu ' t c ' 
Schicketanz said. "I certainly ha f° r tni 
no reason to complain about » on ^ e F 
life, or my personal life, or my pi St 
fessional life. Not everything *memb 
gone the way I planned, but I jStrumt 
content. I always tell people, I pr°P s • 
happier than I look.'" facility 

The book can be purchasl s '8 ner 
online at Amazon.com or at II Sti 
Book Merchant on Front Street. s '8 n c< 

Schicketanz will be signing k ' 
book Oct. 4, from 4-6 p.m. at 
Book Merchant. 



Police Blotter 



9/19/07 7:42 p.m. 

1:44 p.m. There is a complaint from 

Prudhomme Hall about a 
A large BBQ pit is reported window broken by a soccer ball, 
stolen from between 
buildings three and four of 9/22/07 
the University Columns. 

3:04 p.m. 

9/20/07 

An ice cream truck is told not 
10:55 a.m. to come on campus and then 

was asked to leave. 

The BBQ pit is discovered in 

the back of a truck behind 8:00 p.m. 

Bienvenu Hall. 

"[Officer] 62 picked up Library 
9/21/07 keys to let employees out." 

6:04 p.m. 10:24 p.m. 

Someone reports a traffic Someone reports possible 

accident on campus involving vandalism at the west side of 
a vehicle and a fire hydrant. Turpin Stadium. 



9/23/07 
10:32 p.m. 

Parents of a student call 
University Police because they 
can not contact their daughter. 

10:36 p.m. 

Police receive a call from the 
daughter, assuring them she has 
talked to her parents. 

9/24/07 

2:29 p.m. 

An officer meets up with the 
driver of a food delivery truck 
who knocked over a one way 
street sign near Sabine Hall. 

4:13 p.m. 



A theatre student is taken to 
the hospital after suffering 
a head injury during Cats 
rehearsal. 

10:04 p.m. 

A resident of University 
Columns called in a 
complaint about a neighbor's 
loud music. 

9/25/07 

1:59 p.m. 

Police begin a pursuit of 
a man in possession of 
marijuana near the University 
Columns. City police are 
called upon for assistance as 
University Police seize the 
suspect's car. The suspect is 
grabbed at 2:15 p.m. as he was 
heading for the Frog Pond. 



Maggie named dean of students 



Lauren Sciba 

Staff Reporter 

The Office of Student Affairs 
has undergone many changes this 
semester as Chris Maggio took the 
position of acting dean of students 
- formerly titled vice president 
of student affairs - and assistant 
provost of student success. 

The NSU administration asked 
Maggio to take the position after 
spending 20 years working at the 
university. 



Maggio will oversee five areas 
of student affairs with this position: 
Student Activities, Student 
Programs, Residence Life, Student 
Life and the Academic Counseling 
Engagement Program. 

"Student life is so very 
important," said Maggio, a 1985 
NSU graduate, "This is why we're 
here." 

The department serves to guide, 
teach, mentor and aid students in 
every way possible, Maggio said. 

"[Students] will be productive 



citizens and productive in the 
workforce and competitive, 
because it's a competitive world," 
Maggio said. 

After spending eight years 
working with alumni, Maggio took 
the place of former Vice President 
of Student Affairs Patrice Moulton, 
who currently teaches in the 
psychology department. 

Maggio was eager to have the 
opportunity to work with students 
again, as his first eleven years 
working at NSU was spent coaching 



cross-country and track and field. 

"My goal is to work with 
students, have an open door to 
students and let them know that 
we're here for them," Maggio said. 

Maggio stressed the 
importance of the Department of 
Student Affairs working hand in 
hand with Academic Affairs, 

"You can't have just one, you've 
got to have both," Maggio said. 

Maggio plans to look out for 
the needs of the students at his new 
position. 



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Sauce Reporter 

The Academic Advisory Coun- 
cil held a breakfast Sept. 18 in the 
Friedman Student Union to hon- 
or John Dollar and other fellow 
nominees for the Faculty Advisor 
Award. 

The Faculty Advisory Award 
has been awarded to one member 
of the NSU faculty annually since 
the 2002 school year, co-chairman 
of the Academic Advisory Council 
and dean of University College Sue 
Weaver said. 

Dollar, head of the Department 
of Health and Human Performance, 
was this year's award recipient. 
Dollar, who had been nominated 
the two previous years, possesses 
all the positive qualities of an out- 
standing leader, Weaver said. 

Connie Jones, who directed the 
selection committee for the Faculty 
Advisor Award and former recipi- 
ent of the award, said the 14 other 
nominees would have made great 
recipients of the award as well. 

After receiving recommenda- 
tions from the university's deans 
and department heads, the award's 
selection committee narrowed the 
list of nominees by conducting per- 
sonal interviews, which took place 
over the past summer, Jones said. 

Once the interviews had tak- 
en place, the selection commit- 
tee knew Dollar was the "clear-cut 
winner," Jones said. 

Jones described Dollar as a 



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where or anytime." 

Dollar, who was first inform s ^ a g e 
he was receiving the award Aug.l jj e j,^. 
said he was "completely surprise aDout j 
after the Academic Advisory Cou -j^ 
cil told him the great news. L ( 

"I am both honored and hui ma j or i 
bled because [the award] validal tne m j ( 
my positive actions," Dollar said. 
The true reward, however, is bei) causo t 
able to see his students gradu: 
Dollar said. 

An effective faculty advii 
should "empower students with 
sponsibility" by showing them 
their behavior and actions 
consequences, because "respi 
sibility is more powerful than 
thority," Dollar said. 

Along with receiving the F 
ulty Advisor Award, Dollar recer 
replaced Bill Dickens, the ac 
head of Department of Health 
Human Performance. 

Since starting the new posi 
this past July, Dollar said mana| 
his time to cater to other peo 
needs has been challenging, bu 
has enjoyed "the ability to crel 
change" in the lives of his studenB 

Dollar said he ultimately wii 
es the NSU student body would 
derstand that this is "your cam 
so take ownership of NSU... 
leave it better than the way 
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i The actors may look like they 
are having a ball on opening night, 
but the NSU theatre department 
has been working hard behind the 
scenes to build a huge set, create 
elaborate costumes and learn dim- 
cult choreography since rehearsals 
for the production of Cats began 
on Sept. 4. 

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or run the actual performances is 
in excess of 50 students. At some 
level, every student in the depart- 
ment participates in the process, 
whether it be painting, building, 
sewing or hanging a light," Graham 
said. 

Some students are part of the 
design process, including junior 
theatre major and assistant scenic- 
designer Katie Springmann and ju- 
nior theatre major Nicholas Freder- 
ick, the assistant lighting designer. 

The set for ihe show fills the 
stage. Some of the performers will 
be dancing atop beams that are 
about 1 1 feet tall. 

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fear of heights," said senior theatre 
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requirements in this show, Graham 
said. 

Working on the set seems 
daunting, particularly because of 
the difficult choreography. The 
most difficult thing Mahan said she 
has to do during the show is a pir- 
ouette on a thin beam. 

"On the edge of the stage, 
there's another beam of a sort; 
more of a rim and it's skinnier than 
that, so I practice on that because 
it's right by the floor," Mahan said. 
"So, if I fall, I'm not going to hurt 
myself. I figure if I can do it in that 
little of a space, then I can do it up 
there." 

The performers for Cats are 
also required to go to the gym three 
times a week, Mahan said. 

"I think audience members 
should be utterly awed by what our 
students are capable of," Graham 
said. "As an educational piece, I 
want the students to realize what 
they're capable of. We're challeng- 
ing them with this piece; it's a very 
challenging piece physically, artisti- 
cally." 

Directors and assistant pro- 
fessors Barry Stoneking and Perry 
Morgan used several elements to 
make the play different from what 
audiences are used to. 

Costume design will be quite 
unlike what fans of the show have 
seen before, Mahan said. 

Costumes are designed before 
the show is cast. Performers have 
measurements taken and there are 
many fittings before the costumes 
are perfectly tailored to their bod- 
ies, Mahan said. 

"They're going in something of 
a different direction... but I think 
it freshens it up," Mahan said. "It 
takes it out of the eighties, I think... 
we're colorful cats. We're multiple 
colors, and I'm purple." 

Students who are assigned to 
the costume crew are creating the 



costumes by hand. They will use 
moldable plastic mesh to make the 
headpieces for cats, assistant pro- 
fessor of theatre Jessie Parr said. 

The actors rehearse for three 
hours six nights a week and will 
continue to do so until opening 
night, Graham said. 

That includes Monday and 
Tuesday of fall break, Mahan said. 

"A lot of our students under- 
stand that the trips home are going 
to be less frequent than they might 
be if they were studying another 
major, just because we rehearse 
Friday nights, we rehearse Sunday 
nights," Graham said. "It can be 
a challenge to help them manage 
their schedules, but a lot of the re- 
sponsibility of making sure they've 
done their work falls to them. That's 
part of the education process." 

Performances in NSU pro- 
ductions prior to Cats have taught 
Mahan to practice lines, warm up 
vocally, eat healthily, drink plenty 
of water and get enough sleep to be 
ready for rehearsal, Mahan said. 

In a typical show, not everyone 
has to be at every rehearsal, but 
Cats requires all of the principals to 
be there every night, Graham said. 
Freshman theatre major Casey 
Bozenski, freshman theatre major 
Rebecca Brown and freshman the- 
atre major Angela Kang are part of 
the principal cast for Cats. 

"Coming to school as a fresh- 
man and having to adjust yourself 
to your schedule, just being a fresh- 
man, you know, with any major is 
difficult," said Bozenski, who will 
play Shimbleshanks, the railway 
cat. "Then, when you get cast as 
a freshman plus musical theatre, 
which is even more difficult be- 
cause it consumes so much of your 
time and takes such a commitment 
level. It's a double-dose, but I mean, 
I'm doing it. I'm doing it, I'm still 
here." 



During Cats, Bozenski said he 
will actually be thrown from eight 
feet in the air off of a platform. 

"A girl grabs my hands and a 
girl grabs my feet and they swing 
me and throw me and someone 
on the ground catches me," Bozen- 
ski said. "That's frightening, but 
I mean, you have to do it because 
you have to do it. It's a pretty scary 
show." 

Safety is an issue, but the danc- 
ers try to prevent accidents. 

"We always practice on smaller 
scales first, and then there's always 
that one big step up to actually 
doing it. That's really frightening, 
but we get it down and we do it," 
Bozenski said. 

Students in the cast are not ex- 
empt from the technical work. As 
part of the electrics crew, Bozen- 
ski learned how to hang lights and 
change gels - colored materials 
that change the hues of light - for 
the show. 

The musical has a huge repu- 
tation. It ran for 22 years in New 
York and is still running in London, 
Graham said. 

"I've never been in a big-name 
musical before," Mahan said. 

Originally, they were going to 
put on Chicago, but they couldn't 
get the rights for the play, Graham 
said. During the summer, the fac- 
ulty committee looked at what 
plays were available and decided 
that Cats would be an educational 
choice to challenge the students 
and emphasize the talented danc- 
ers, Graham said. 

The theatre department made 
the decision to do Cats in early July 
and Graham started working on 
design concepts the day after it was 
announced. 

"If tomorrow night was open- 
ing night, we would be able to sing 
through the show," Graham said. 
"We are still working on dance 
routines. Vocally, they are close 
enough that they wouldn't embar- 
rass themselves, but would the 
show be stage-ready tomorrow? By 
no means." 

"It's still weeks away... we 're 
scheduled to have things hope- 
fully all choreographed by the time 
fall break rolls around," Graham 
said. "About five or six days before 
we open, we'll start adding all the 
lighting and the microphones and 
sound effects and things like that, 
and then a couple of days before we 
open we'll have the costumes." 

Technical rehearsals will begin 
on Oct. 12 with lighting, sound and 
special effects, Graham said. 

Students who receive scholar- 
ships were required to participate 
in "cattle call" auditions in August. 

Theatre majors are strongly en- 
couraged to audition, but students 
of all majors are invited to audition, 
Bozenski said. 

"They have Cattle Call audi- 
tions, which is a group of about 20- 
50 people," Bozenski said. "We had 
two groups. Everybody went in 




Photo by Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

The cast members practice on the main stage in A.A. Fredericks to learn choreography for the song "Memory" at rehearsal. 



and did two minutes of a one-min- 
ute song and a one-minute mono- 
logue.. .you had two minutes to im- 
press the directors, and then your 
two minutes were up and you had 
to say 'Thank you, Casey Bozenski,' 
and then walk offstage. And that 
was frightening, not only because 
you're doing it in front of the pro- 
fessors, but you're doing it in front 
of your peers, too." 

After the initial audition, stu- 
dents who made callbacks attended 



a second audition for Cats at which 
Stoneking showed the students a 
dance routine. 

"He left the room, came back 
and then he made us do the dance 
boys first, then girls, and then 
he made his first cut, right then" 
Bozenski said. 

Working with such a large cast 
is a challenge, but Stoneking and 
Morgan are teaching the students 
to portray their characters without 
stealing the show, Bozenski said. 




Photo by Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

Junior theatre major Mandi Ridgdell sings a solo at rehearsal. 




Photo by Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

Understudies follow along in their books as the two directors 
instruct cast members on the set during Sunday night rehearsal. 




Photo by Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

Junior theatre major Mandi Ridgdell and NSU theatre alumna 
Liz Maxwell rehearse their interaction during Ridgdell's vocal 
solo, "Memory." 



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Junior electronic engineering 
major Coby Michalek looks like a 
rocker in his bandana and ripped 
jeans. 

Michalek plays primarily in two 
local bands - Dead By Morning, 
a hardcore metal band, and Soul 
Crew, a blues and funk group. He 
also used to play in the classic rock- 
style band Road Warrior, which will 
start a reunion tour soon. 

Members of Dead By Morning 
originally formed Road Warrior 
because someone requested it. 

"One weekend, me and Mitch 
got bored, and we just decided to 
start an 80s hair-metal project, and 
so we recorded some songs and we 
were like, 'Well, what're we gonna 
call this group?' I was like, 'Dude, 
we might as well just call it Road 
Warrior.'" 

Michalek is multitalented as 
well as multitasking, taking up the 
guitar in Dead By Morning and the 
bass in Soul Crew. 

He also played the drums on 
the Road Warrior CD, Michalek 
said. 

Dead By Morning, which has 
been around for about two years, 
is an Natchitoches- based band; all 
of the members attend or have at- 
tended NSU. 

The band features senior mu- 
sic major Mitch Moehring on bass, 
alumnus Chad Bentley on vocals 
and guitar, graduate in music Mi- 
chael Belew on guitar, and former 
NSU student Jordan Monroe on 
drums. 



As for Soul Crew, Michalek 
says he has been playing with the 
band since last February. 

"They're just a random group 
of guys," Michalek said. "They got 
my number from somebody else I'd 
played a gig with, called me up, just 
kind of all clicked, man, so we just 
started playing." 

Soul Crew will be playing Fri- 
day at the Pioneer Pub. 

Dead By Morning sells their 
current CD for $5 and T-shirts 
for $10, according to their website 
at myspace.com/deadbymornin- 
grock. 

Michalek and the other Dead 
By Morning members are currently 
awaiting the arrival of an album 
they recently recorded in Austin. 

"Since we just cut that CD, 
we're actually looking at promotion 
companies and record deals. We're 
hoping that someone's gonna pick 
us up, but it's a lot of work," Mi- 
chalek said. "That's kind of why we 
haven't been playing a lot of shows 
right now, plus, our lead singer just 
graduated and now's he a teacher at 
a high school. Every Friday night, 
he has to be at a football game. Ev- 
ery Saturday night, I have to be at a 
football game, so does Mike Belew, 
he's the other guitarist, 'cause we're 
in the NSU band." 

Michalek is a sousaphone sec- 
tion leader and Belew is a graduate 
assistant for the marching band. 
Despite small quarters, being on 
the road can be a blast, Michalek 
said. 

"We act so goofy when we're in 
the van. We're, like, playing pranks 
and stuff on people on the road," 





Junior electronic engineering major Coby Michalek plays guitar 



Michalek said. "Mitch has got this 
van, looks like the A-Team van. Re- 
member the A-Team? It looks ex- 
actly like the A-Team van, you'll see 
it around campus, I promise you. 
Anyway, it's got a PA system in it 
and it plays ice cream truck music, 
so we'll just drive by and be play- 
ing the ice cream truck music. It's 
pretty funny. 

In addition to his busy school 
schedule, participation in the Spirit 
of Northwestern band, and work 
with Dead by Morning and Soul 
Crew, Michalek is currently work- 
ing on a solo project. 



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ments," Michalek said. "There's no 
genre limit on it, it's going to be, 
like, everything. ..got one song I re- 
recorded, it's kind of 12:8 blues... 
modern chord progressions... and 
uh, last night I wrote a new song 
and I recorded it, it's like straight 
out of a 90s alternative comp CD. 
Like, it doesn't sound like any par- 
ticular song, it just sounds like it 
would be on one of those CDs. So I 
just went with it." 

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school," Michalek stirred up some 
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Best Columnist 

Democratic presidential can- 
didate Bill Richardson believes 
ibesity in the United 
States has become a ter- 
libly quiet epidemic that 
teeds to be addressed. 
Itappears, however, that 
e may be going about it 
ill wrong. 

Richardson hopes 
place obese Ameri- 
cans under the protec- 
tion of the Americans 
lor Disabilities Act, ac- 
cording to a Sept. 19 
kBCNews.com. 

He made clear he 
ranted this due to the 
fact he does not want to 
see someone who is overweight or 
ibese be discriminated against. 

Yet, it is fairly difficult, to dis- 
criminate against a country full of 
individuals who are overweight, at 
30 pounds over healthy weight, 
or who are obese - 30 pounds or 
more over healthy weight. 

Statistics show that every six 
out of 10 Americans are considered 



to be overweight or obese. Women 
also lead the way by being five per- 
cent more overweight than men. 
It may appear to be a very small 
percentage; however it is in fact a 

very large number 

of women that are 
placing themselves 
in harm's way by 
simply being over- 
weight. 

While Richardson 
did pride himself on 
being the only can- 
didate to address the 
Obesity Society, he 
didn't exactly make 
any strong points 
that could be placed 
into effect. He tar- 
geted college stu- 
dents and addressed 
the dreaded "Fresh- 
man 15" 

For the most part, every stu- 
dent has heard of it, or perhaps 
has even experienced it. His solu- 
tion for this allows students to take 
physical education classes. 

Unbeknownst to Richardson, 
however, many students are of- 
fered these classes as well as $1,000 



"The thought of 
allowing those 
who are obese 
and overweight 

to join a 
disability act 
seems pretty 
unnecessary" 

-Alicia McDaniel 



recreation centers that are con- 
tinuously air conditioned so that 
students may better themselves in 
climate-controlled conditions. 

One would think that is 
enough, correct? 

As nice as it sounds, however, 
it requires actually rewarding some 
for bettering themselves. Believe 
it or not, some require rewards in 
order to get anything done. 

The thought of allowing those 
who are obese and overweight to 
join a disability act seems pretty 
unnecessary. It is obvious that those 
who are in wheelchairs, those that 
do not have the use of their legs or 
those that are mentally handicap 
are the individuals that should be 
placed under a disability act. 

Obesity and being overweight 
are considered eating disorders, 
not an eating disability. Individu- 
als with eating disabilities are those 
that cannot physically eat. It ap- 
pears to me that individuals who 
are obese and overweight have no 
problem eating. 

Alicia McDaniel is a senior journal- 
ism major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the entire 
Sauce staff or those of the university. 



Jindal's silent treatment proving 
to be effective against opponents 



Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

From polls to public appear- 
inces, Louisiana gubernatorial 
rant-runner Bobby Jindal has dis- 
mced himself from other candi- 
dates. 




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Some political gurus conjec- 
ture that canceling appearances 
and dodging public 
debates are beginning 
to obliterate the sort 
of distance that Jindal 
wishes to maintain 
from his opponents in 
the polls. 

Jindal's silent treat- 
ment, however, is prov- 
ing to be effective. 

By separating 
himself from the likes 
of Walter Boasso and 
Foster Campbell, Jindal - it seems 
to some - has separated himself 
from the face of Louisiana's "good 
ole' boy" political culture. 

Jindal's opponents have tried 
using his absence to their advan- 
tage but have exposed themselves 
as desperate vultures at the very 
ends of their wits somewhere in the 
process. 

The Louisiana Democratic 
Party shot itself in the leg with an 
outlandish television ad it released 
a few weeks back. The commercial 
portrayed Bobby Jindal, a Catholic, 
as a religious elitist who slammed 
Baptists and Pentecostals for their 
religious beliefs. 

Research discovered that the 
ad twisted Jindal's old religious 
writings completely out of con- 
text, and the Louisiana Democratic 
Party will choke on the aftermath 
of its political blunder for a long 
time. The ad only aired in northern 
Louisiana, which is predominately 
Baptist and Pentecostal. 

Boasso recently attacked Jindal 
in a political ad of his own. The ad 
blamed Jindal for a lawsuit involv- 
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by Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



Health and Hospitals. 

According to the ad, a home- 
less man filed a 
lawsuit against 
the LDHH for 
not providing 
him with Med- 
icaid benefits. 
The man was 
denied care at a 
nursing home. 
Jindal was sec- 
retary of the 
LDHH at the 
time. 

According to a column by Sam 
Hanna Jr. in the Ouachita Citizen, 
Jindal's name was associated with 
the case only because of his posi- 
tion. 

"Chances are the secretary of 
the department knew little of the 
actions that prompted someone to 
sue," Hanna writes. "Boasso slipped 
from running second in the gov- 
ernor's race with 18 percent of the 
vote to an impressive fourth-place 
position with eight percent support 
among voters in the wake of the 
airing of the DHH/Jindal ad." 

Hanna attributed his source as 
a "reputable source who had a first- 
hand knowledge of a poll conduct- 
ed by the Jindal campaign." 

Jindal is beginning to fight 
back. • 

His campaign quickly launched 
an ad responding to the Demo- 
cratic Party's "Jindal on Religion" 
ad and responded to the Boasso ad 
just last week. 

If Jindal can continue to fight 
back while maintaining a safe dis- 
tance from Red River mudslinging, 
he should remove and doubts in 
the minds of undecided voters. 




Lauren Sciba 

Staff Reporter 

As unpleasant and inconve- 
nient as the truth may seem, looks 
matter. This was not an easy lesson 
for yours truly to learn, however, in 
the four, wait, make 
that five years I've 
been a college student, 
I've come to realize, 
physical appearances 
make a difference. 

My freshman 
year, I took an experi- 
mental approach to 
my appearance. I had 
multi-colored hair 
and wore clothing dug 
up from the dark and 
murky depths of thrift 
stores. 

During my soph- 
omore year, my ward- 
robe and hair were 
toned down, but I still 
couldn't have cared less about what 
people thought of me. By the time 
my senior year rolled around (the 
first time), I was a major believer in 



"I had multi- 
colored hair 
and wore cloth- 
ing dug up from 
the dark and 
murky depths 
of thrift stores" 

-Lauren Sciba 



gym shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops 
for every occasion. 

Now, after four sloppy 
years of dress, I realize it is 
time to start dressing my 
age and not my shoe size. 
As I rummaged through a 
pile of clothes 
one morning, 
searching for 
my favorite pair 
of Nike shorts, 
it hit me - per- 
haps this outfit 
would be inappropriate 
for my meeting with the 
dean of students. Since 
then, I have labeled 
those Nike shorts for 
gym use only. 

These days, I 
dress depending on 
the events in my day. 
Meetings or interviews 
with important people 
warrant skirts or nice 
jeans and appropriate shirts (e.g. 
something besides a ratty t-shirt) at 
the very least. Waking up early to 
make sure my hair doesn't look like 



a mop has also become a habit. 

Dressing up for class might 
sound like torture, but it has its 
benefits. Studies have shown, phys- 
ical appearances matter in the dat- 
ing game. They also can motivate 
your self-confidence. Do you really 
feel attractive in sweatpants? 

It's not that I believe looks 
mean everything; I have come to 
understand that to everyone in the 
real world, dressing appropriately 
is a sign of respect and responsi- 
bility. At Illinois State University, a 
dress code was recently instated for 
all upper-classmen taking market- 
ing courses. Students 
must wear "business 
casual attire" to class, 
or suffer poor grades as 
a result. The dress code 
is to teach students to 
be professional before 
they graduate and en- 
courages them to hold 
themselves to higher 
standards. 
As a freshman, I was all about 
defying "The Man" and wearing 
whatever I wanted, but as I get 
older, I learn it's not about selling 
out, it's about buying in. Appear- 
ances matter because they are a re- 
flection of who you are. Maybe you 
are interesting, colorful and unique 
but save it for the weekends or after 
five o'clock. If you want people to 
regard you as responsible and ma- 
ture, dress like it. 

Lauren Sciba is a senior journalism ma- 
jor. The views expressed do not neces- 
sarily represent those of the entire Sauce 
staff or those of the university. 




Lauren Sciba 

Guest Columnist 



Dress Sharp or Dress Smart f 



Alex Michael 

Guest Columnist 

I'm sure we've all heard the 
phrase "the clothes make the man" 
at least once in our lives. In fact, 
I've heard it enough times to gain a 
strong disdain for it. Reason being, 
I don't believe in it one bit. 

I'm a college freshman, and 
though some of my fellow college 
newcomers are constantly fash- 
ionable, nothing screams comfort- 
able to me like a pair of loose mesh 
shorts and a regular T-shirt. 

It's not that I don't like to dress 
up. It's just that when I wake up at 
7:50 a.m. for my 8 a.m. class, I'm 
not thinking, "How can I impress 
my classmates with my 
sharp attire today?" 

I'm usually trying to 
shove all my books in my 
bag, grab something to 
drink and try not to be 
too late. That isn't me all 
the time, however. 

If I had to guess, I'd 
say I dress nicely at least 
three times a week. 

By the way, my defi- 
nition of dressing nicely is wearing 
an NSU shirt with blue jeans . . . prob- 
ably not what most would deem as 
"nice." If your definition of dressing 
nicely is a collared shirt with jeans 
or khaki shorts, then I probably 
only dress nicely once a week. 

If your definition of dressing 
nicely is wearing a suit and tie, then 
I don't fit that definition one bit. 
Suits and ties are reserved for three 
things - the corporate world, wed- 






Alex Michael 

Guest Columnist 



dings and graduation. 

Considering I don't 
work for a fortune 500 
company, plan on getting 
married anytime soon, 
and don't 
graduate for 
another four 
years, hope- 
fully, I don't 
plan on tak- 
ing my fancy 
dress shirts 
and pants out 
of their plas- 
tic wrap for a 
while. 
Dressing nicely is a 
path that many choose 
to accept, and that's fine 
with me. I don't mind 
wearing my collared shirt and jeans 
on the weekends every now and 
then. If you want to dress up seven 
days a week, more power to you. 

Chances are you'll be looked at 
a little more favorably than some- 
one who just wears mesh shorts 
all the time. My days of dressing as 



casually as possible, however, will 
come to an end soon. 

As I progress 
through college and 
continue to mature, 
I'm sure I'll take the 
plastic wrapping 
off those shirts and 
pants. It's no secret 
that people think 
highly of you if you're 
dressed well. 

To quote the great 
band ZZ Top, "They 
come running just 
as fast as they can, 
'cause every girl crazy 
bout a sharp dressed 
man." 

Indeed they do 
ZZ Top. 
Hopefully one day I'll dress 
nicely enough to garner ZZ Top's 
approval, but for now, I'll stick to 
mesh shorts and t-shirts. 

Alex Michael is a freshman journal- 
ism major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the entire 
Sauce staff or those of the university. 



"As I progress 
through college 
and continue 
to mature, I'm 
sure I'll take 
the plastic 
wrapping off 
those shirts and 
pants" 

-Alex Michael 



Leave Britney alone, maybe she'll go away 



Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 

Leave Britney Spears alone. 

No, really, the girl is getting 
way too much attention for a per- 
son with no talent. 

No one really cares for her or 
her music anymore,, unless you 
happen to be Chris Crocker, in 
which case you'll probably make a 
very angry and pitiful video blog in 
which you curse me for harassing 
your idol. 

After her excruciating perfor- 
mance at the MTV Video Music 
Awards, Britney announced that 
she's trying to get full custody of 



her kids. Currently she is sharing 
custody with her ex-hubby Kevin 
Federline. 

At least he 
doesn't feel the need 
to make a fool of 
himself in public. 

In order to get 
custody of her kids, 
the judge ruled that 
Britney must sub- 
mit to random drug 
tests. 

It's hard to 
watch television in general without 
hearing about Spears and other ce- 
lebrities, so I'm surprised that the 
judge is even considering giving 




Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 



her custody of her children. 

All Family Guy parodies aside, 
Spears is not a responsible parent. 

Her fame is prob- 
ably the only thing 
that allowed her to 
keep her kids in the 
first place. If any 
other mother had 
driven around with 
their child sitting 
unrestrained in their 
lap, Child Protective 
Services would have 
been on them in an instant. 

Let us not forget the more re- 
cent events that led Spears to rehab 
and shaving her head, including ex- 



cessive partying and drinking. She 
even flashed the paparazzi while 
out with Paris Hilton. 

Now, I'm not saying partying 
makes you a bad person, but once 
you become a parent you have to 
grow up and take responsibility 
for your actions. If you make the 
choice to have kids, you should 
understand that you can no longer 
come and go, getting drunk when- 
ever you please. 

Otherwise, what kind of role 
model do those kids have to look 
up to? 

A drunken woman, whose 
parents actually have to force into 
rehab. Too bad she checked herself 



out the same day. 

Just because Spears is famous 
doesn't mean she can make igno- 
rant mistakes that would land a 
normal person in jail. 

Stop trying to defend her right 
to have children unless you're 
perfectly fine with seeing her put 
her children's lives in danger. She 
doesn't even deserve to have joint 
custody as far as I'm concerned. 

But if Paris Hilton can sweet 
talk her way out of prison, I'm sure 
Britney Spears will be just fine. 

Amanda Duncil is a freshman biol- 
ogy major. The views expressed do not 
necessarily represent those of the entire 
Sauce staff or those of the university. 




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Sports Editor 



You can't 
make this 
stuff up 

By Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



What are sports coming to? 

In case you didn't watch 
"SportsCenter" last night, it's pret- 
ty crazy in the 
world of sports, 
and as a jour- 
nalist, I have to 
say I love it. 

Even after 
the fact that 
the Saints are 
0-3, as a sports 
guy, it's pretty 
exciting. 

San Diego Padres outfielder 
Milton Bradley tore his ACL and is 
likely out for the rest of the season 
after being pulled away by his man- 
ager Bud Black during an alterca- 
tion between Bradley and first base 
umpire Mike Winters Monday. The 
Padres maintain Bradley was baited 
by Winters after an altercation over 
a call at first base. 

Man, only in baseball are the 
officials as spoiled as the athletes. 

Did anybody see the Texas 
Tech-Oklahoma State game? 

It's not often a quarterback 
throws for 646 yards - good enough 
for fourth best in history for a sin- 
gle game - in a losing effort as Gra- 
ham Harrell of Texas Tech did on 
Saturday. It was a wild game that 
resulted in the resignation of Texas 
Tech's defensive coordinator. 

NSU will travel to Lubbock 
Saturday to face the Red Raiders, 
who will be looking to rebound. 

And speaking of Oklahoma 
State, head coach Mike Gundy at- 
tacked columnist Jenni Carlson 
after the momentous victory over 
Texas Tech for her article blaming 
the demotion of former OSU start- 
ing quarterback Bobby Reid on his 
attitude and work ethic. 

Gundy became very emotional 
and criticized Carlson for exploit- 
ing an amateur athlete. Bravo, 
coach Gundy. 

We often expect amateur ath- 
letes to be superhuman and hold 
them to professional standards. 

We need more coaches de- 
manding fair treatment of their 
players by the media instead of be- 
ing offered up as a sacrificial lamb 
while the writer gets a snazzy by- 
line to gussy up a resume. 

Now two major journalism as- 
sociations have attacked Gundy for 
his comments. It's amazing how 
the Football Writers Association 
of America and the Association for 
Women in Sports Media can de-. 
fend one of their own for a blatant 
violation of journalism ethics. 

Notre Dame unveiled a statue 
of legendary coach Ara Parseghian 
riding on the shoulders of his play- 
ers this past weekend. The statue 
depicts a scene from the 1971 Cot- 
ton Bowl in which Notre Dame de- 
feated Texas. 

The game was Notre Dames 
Hist bowl appearance because the 
school traditionally didn't play in 
bowl games. 

When the Irish accepted the 
bid, the LSU Tigers were left with- 
out a bowl bid despite a spectacular 
season despite an 8-2 finish and a 
win over Notre Dame. 

My dad was the starting left 
guard on that team. For their effort 
coach Charlie McClendon gave his 
players a plaque with a giant screw 
and the caption "Screwed Again," 
which my dad has to this day. So 
thanks, Ara. Notre Dame could use 
some of that mojo now. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore 
journalism major. The views ex- 
pressed do not necessarily represent 
those of the entire Sauce staff or 
those of the university. 



Northwestern State athletic 
facilities to receive upgrades 



Sports Briefs 



Bobbie Hayes 

Staff Reporter 

The athletic department is 
undergoing quite a few facility up- 
grades. 

"We are doing a stadium en- 
hancement project," NSU Athletic 
Director Greg Burke said. "It will 
involve new fencing for baseball, 
football, track and softball." 
These improvements began con- 
struction this semester. 

The athletic department 
has raised $400,000 of the total 
$700,000 needed to complete the 
project from outside businesses 
and alumni. They are in the pro- 
cess of raising the remainder of the 
funds throughout this year, Burke 
said. 

New scoreboards for every 
sport - excluding tennis - are also 
"on the board" for NSU's athletic 
facilities. 

The new sport specific score- 
boards will cost $2 million and will 
be paid in full by donations from 
outside sources such as alumni. 
They should begin going up during 
the spring semester. 

The athletic department is try- 
ing to work with the state to fund 
a replacement of the outdated foot- 
ball turf, Burke said. 

Work on this project will have 
to begin during the spring of this 
year, a time when the field would 
not be used on such a regular ba- 
sis. 

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The Demons traveled to tt 
University of Arkansas-Little Rot 
over the weekend to play in tl 
UALR Fall Invitational Round Rol 
in Tournament. 

Three freshmen, Kathi 
Lange, Dragana Colic and Bian fi/f y 
Schulz each won one of two matd 
es on the final day of competitil 
on Sunday. 

The Demons will compete tn 
weekend in the SFA invitatioii 
and then begin the ITA All-Amet 
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Photo by Miller Daniel 

Turpin Stadium will be getting some much needed upgrades that include new fencing, turf and a 
new scoreboard. The renovations are part of a campaign to improve NSU athletic facilities 



is a new baseball concession stand 
and restroom area for the baseball 
stadium. 

"Anyone who has been to a 
baseball game can see the clear 
need for a new restroom area," 
Burke said. 

The plan for the new building 
would be to directly cut into the hill 
surrounding the field and create a 
restroom/concession facility on the 
first floor and a second floor hospi- 



tality center. 

"We think that it will add a lot to 
the overall appeal of the baseball 
stadium," Burke said. 

Generally speaking, the "lock- 
er rooms must be a focus for next 
year," Burke said. 

There is an immediate need for 
a track and soccer joint locker room 
closer to their respective training 
facilities. 

Most of the upgrades would be 



funded by outside sources, Burke 
said. 

"Facilities are a very important 
part of the Division I athletic cul- 
ture," Burke said. "I think it is im- 
portant to be able to show recruits 
nice facilities when they are con- 
sidering NSU and it is equally im- 
portant that we keep them updated 
while they actually attend here. Fa- 
cilities definitely play a part in the 
overall success of a program." 



Soccer 

Johnna Klohoker had sev 
saves as the Demons fell 2-0 to i \ 
kansas-Little Rock on the road I 
Sunday. 

The team was just one gait V€M 
short of tying the second longt 
winning streak in school history /if^i 
five games. 

"We just played poorly," he; New 
coach Jimmy Mitchell said. "D radi< 
couldn't seem to get into a preSi 
rhythm and our effort didn't mal jons 
up for our lack of execution." , atj r 

The Demons have a weekly 
break before returning to the tit P« 3 
Sunday at Tulsa for their final no 
conference game before SouthlaJ 
Conference action opens up at M 
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Volleyball Falls 3-1 to SHSU 

NSU wins first game, then drops 3 straight 



Football 

NSU associate head cos 
Johnny Nagle was honored by kSGA 
alma mater LSU this past Saturdi $14,( 
Nagle, who was a standout corne 
back from 1969-1971, was naml 
an honorary guest captain for tl 
Tigers home game against Soij 
Carolina. 

Nagle is the Demons' tight ( 
coach. 

The Demons will face a ton 
test Saturday against Texas Tea 
Texas Tech leads all of Division 
with its 521-yard passing aver 
and ranks second in total offensj 
606 yards per game. 



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Ariane Damasio is a senior 
blocker for the Demons. 



Courtesy of 
Sports Information 

HUNTSVILLE, Tex. - North- 
western State fell to 0-2 in South- 
land Conference play Saturday 
afternoon after a four game 30- 
27, 27-30, 19-30, 24-30 loss at the 
hands of Sam Houston State. 

NSU (4-6) struggled for the 
second consecutive match on the 
offensive end, posting 56 kills but 
committed 37 attack errors for a 
low .096 hitting percentage. 

Sophomore hitter Yelena En- 
were was the lone bright spot after 
slamming down team-best 17 kills. 

Freshman Megan Manning 



added 20 digs and setter Megan 
Dockery put up a double-double 
with 18 digs and 52 assists. 

Sam Houston State (7-6, 2-0) 
was led by Cynthia Yarotsky's 29 
kills and .411 hitting percentage. 
Brittanie Wallace added 18 kills as 
the Bearkats hit .215 as a team be- 
hind 63 kills and just 25 attack er- 
rors. 

NSU's Talita Santos added 15 
kills while Janel Fisher-Thurston 
contributed with nine kills and 13 
digs. 

The Lady Demons will return 
home on Thursday when they host 
McNeese State at 7 in Prather Coli- 
seum. 




Courtesy of Sports Information 

Freshman Megan Dockery 
had a double-double Sunday. 



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Scholar's 
College 
turns 20 

Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

Last March marked the 20th 
anniversary of the Louisiana Schol- 
ars' College. 

The Scholars' College was cre- 
ated from legislation passed by Jim- 
my Dale Long Sr. on Mar. 17, 1987. 

The resolution was designed to 
encourage and challenge academi- 
cally gifted students. 

In celebration of the 20th in- 
coming freshman Scholars' College 
class, a series of lectures has been 
scheduled by a committee, consist- 
ing of Jean D'Amato, Holly Stave, 
Massimo Bezoari and secretary of 
the committee Janette Aaron. 

"The lectures are to honor the 
Scholars' College while remaining 
academic," professor of English and 
committee member Stave said. 

The committee's goal is to have 
at least one lecture a month, Dean 
of the Scholars' College T. Davina 
McClain said. 

The committee plans to bring 
in alumni of the Scholars' College 
as well as colleagues and personal 
friends of the staff. 

"[Having alumni come back] 
connects the present of the college 
to the past," McClain said. 

The former students of the col- 
lege who are in graduate school or 
in a career are going to be able to 
show the current students what 
their degrees have allowed them to 
accomplish, McClain said. 

The first lecture was scheduled 
by Rondo Keele, assistant professor 
of philosophy in the Scholars' Col- 
lege, and was held on Oct. 3. 

David McCarty of Indiana Uni- 
versity was the guest lecturer. 

McCarty spoke about "The 
Philosophy of Art and the Philoso- 
phy of Mathematics in Burke and 
Kant." 

McCarty teaches logic and the 
philosophy of mathematics at Indi- 
ana University. 

The committee took sug- 
gestions for guest lecturers from 
the Scholars' staff, Keele said. 

The speakers that have been 
invited are widely-known in the 
academic world. 

"We're hoping to have a spe- 
cialist on Pompeii come speak later 
in the semester," Keele said. 

All lectures will be open to 
the general public. The commit- 
tee hopes to get the community 
involved in the celebration as well, 
McClain said. 

Other events are being planned 
in honor of the first graduates and 
graduating class of the Scholars' 
College in 2009 and 2011. 



Improvements at NSU 

Repairs, expansion and construction 
projects will take place on campus 




Opening Fall 2008 



Construction of University Place 
be taking place in the upcoming 

David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 

On the NSU campus, the Phys- 
ical Plant will be directing several 
construction and renovation proj- 
ects in order to improve the uni- 
versity's appearance and quality. 

The major projects include the 
renovation of both Williamson and 
Kyser Hall, the repairing and ex- 
pansion of South Jefferson Street 
and Caldwell Drive, and the con- . 
struction of University Place II and 
a new Student Services building, 
director of the Physical Plant Chris 
Sampite said. 

The projects are important 
because they provide a "positive 
learning environment for students 
and serve as a great recruiting tool," 
Sampite said. 

The Physical Plant will be tear- 
ing down west Caspari Hall to re- 
build a new student services build- 
ing, Sampite said. 

Offices such as financial aid 
and university recruitment will be 
located in the new student services 



II is just one of the new campus 
semesters. 

building, which will allow students 
to solve many of their frequent 
problems in one building, Sampite 
said. 

The Physical Plant's renova- 
tion plan for Kyser Hall, which will 
cost about $500,000, will include 
replacing air and heating units and 
repairing the building's elevators, 
Sampite said. 

Because Kyser Hall is such 
a Targe center for learning... the 
renovation is definitely necessary," 
Sampite said. 

Other plans to improve the 
campus have also been designed, 
including landscaping across the 
campus, repairing the university's 
underground electrical system and 
providing improved fiber optics 
to the university's entire system, 
Sampite said. 

"The students at NSU work 
hard and we deserve [campus im- 
provements]," freshman journalism 
major Charlie Johnson said. 

The state provided the major- 
ity of the funds in order to meet 
the expenses of the numerous 



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improvement projects that will 

plans, which include $8,100,000 for 
the student services building and 
$5,600,000 for the renovation of 
Williamson Hall, Sampite said. 

Part of the funds for repairing 
and extending Jefferson Street and 
Caldwell Drive will come from fees 
paid by students for parking stick- 
ers; this fee, however, has been in 
eluded annually for years and the 
students are not paying a higher fee 
because of the new road construc- 
tion plans, Sampite said. 

Although many of them were 
requested years ago, the plans could 
not be funded until the Louisiana 
Board of Regents and University of 
Louisiana System approved them 
this year. 

The Louisiana Board of Re- 
gents and University of Louisiana 
System meet with President Ran- 
dall Webb and NSU facility person- 
nel every year in August to decide 
which projects are a funding prior- 
ity for the state, Sampite said. 

Most of the projects are ex- 
pected to be finished by the end of 
2008. 



New program 
helps women 
'Take Charge' 

Sarah Cramer 

Sauce Reporter 

The Louisiana Department of 
Health and Hospitals (DHH) spon- 
sors Take Charge, a no-cost family 
planning program for single Loui- 
siana women between the ages 19- 
44. 

Services provided by the pro- 
gram include medical examina- 
tions, laboratory tests and birth 
control. 

The program was created in 
2006 in order to reduce infant mor- 
tality rates and help women space 
out their pregnancies, the pro- 
gram's Natchitoches coordinator 
Henry Cedars said. 

The Take Charge program 
- which is affiliated with the state's 
Medicaid program - extends cov- 
erage for one year unless the wom- 
an becomes pregnant, becomes in- 
sured for family planning or moves 
out of the state of Louisiana. 

If the woman becomes preg- 
nant, she will simply have to change 
programs. The coverage provided 
includes one annual exam, four fol- 
low-up exams, laboratory tests and 
approved medications. 

The program is working to 
promote itself on the NSU campus. 
They have visited with some of the 
campus programs such as Greek 
Life and the Health Services. 

The program could "definitely 
help some of the younger genera- 
tion," said Katie Kohlbecker, a busi- 
ness major and single expecting 
mother. 

Take Charge is available for 
women with an income within 200 
percent of the federal poverty level, 
a gross monthly income of $1,702 
for single women and $3,442 for 
women in a family of four. 

The income limits will increase 
every April. 

Applicants for the program 
must be uninsured or not have 
family planning covered by their 
insurance. 



Demon Rewards offers incentives 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Athletics 
marketing department 
has many activities to 
peak student involvement 
at athletic events through 
the Demon Rewards Pro- 
gram. 

NSU is planning 
to break a world record 



on Saturday at the football game 
against Southeastern. The current 
record for people wearing Groucho 
Marx sunglasses in 
a photo is 1,400. The 
marketing department 
ordered 7,500 pairs in 
hopes to shatter the 
old record. 

The Marx glasses 
will be counted during 
halftime, and the foot- 




age will be sent to ESPN. 

The NSU Athletic Depart- 
ment is organizing a bus to take 
students to the football game at 
Sam Houston State on October 20. 
Interested students must RSVP to 
demonmartketing@nsula.edu by 
October 17 to reserve seats. The 
new athletic fees funded the trip. 

The marketing department 
also gave eight orange or purple 
NSU shirts to Demon Rewards 



members. Six more members can 
receive their shirts on Friday dur- 
ing the soccer game. Fifty-three 
could receive the first prize this 
weekend if they attend an NSU ath- 
letic event. 

They are also considering giv- 
ing points for pep rally attendance. 
There are currently 800 members 
and over 1,800 points have been 
awarded. Four people are tied for 
the lead with 1 1 points each. 



Army ROTC cadet numbers increase 



Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

The Northwestern State Uni- 
versity ROTC program had a major 
increase in the number of cadets 
this fall. 

Some factors that may have con- 
tributed to the increase in cadets 
were promoting the Army ROTC 
program and the great benefits 
the program offers, Major W. Alan 
Hardin, Demon Regiment Execu- 
tive Officer said. 

The Army ROTC is an elective 
curriculum that students could 
take along with their required col- 
lege classes according to armyrotc. 
com. 

The benefits the Army ROTC 
program offers are paid tuition, 
$900 on books annually, and a "plus 
package scholarship that covers 
room and board according to Ma- 



jor Hardin. 

"In addition to all that freshman 
that are on scholarship get paid a 
stipend of $300 dollars a month for 
going to class," Maj. Hardin said. 

Students interested in the 
Army ROTC program do not need 
prior experience but need to visit 
with the cadets Hardin explained. 

"We do a character-morality as- 
sessment as well as a physical as- 
sessment and then we enroll you 
[interested students] in classes," 
Maj. Hardin said. 

"The thing I like most about the 
program [ROTC] are the leadership 
skills you acquire, the comrade be- 
tween the cadets, and the fun stuff 
you get to do", Oren Jones, Senior 
Military Science major, said. 

Students interested in the 
ROTC program have up until their 
junior year to become contracted 
with the Army, Hardin said. 



"If you enroll in ROTC you can 
take your freshman and sophomore 
level classes with no obligation 
whatsoever. Beyond that in order 
to take the junior and senior level 
classes you have to be contracted," 
Maj. Hardin said. "Once you [inter- 
ested students] are contracted then 
you incur service obligations to the 
military upon completion of the 
program." 

Students can participate their 
freshman and sophomore years 
without any obligation to join the 
Army, because Army ROTC is an 
elective, according to armyrotc. 
com. 

"For anybody that is interested 
in the program I would tell them it 
is a great way to first of all pay for 
college, second of all learn a lot of 
leadership skills, third of all you get 
to met a lot of cool people," Jones 
said. 



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NSU President Randall Webb, second from left, accepts a check worth $120,000 in matching 
funds for three endowed professorships from Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education 
Joseph Savoie, Board of Regent Scott Brame, and University of Louisiana System Board President 
Jimmy Long on Tuesday, September 18. 



Police Blotter 



10/ 9/ 07 

3:32 a.m.- Brown security 
called in burglary alarm on 
campus in front of Student 
Union 

3:38 a.m.- Check building, all 
doors secure. Alarm reset 
6:54 a.m.- Brown security 
called about burglary alarm 
activation at NSU Bookstore 
6: 55 a.m.- Alarm deactivated 
11: 09 p.m.- Woman called to 
report two males urinating on 
cars near Boozman and Var- 
nado parking lots 

10/8/07 

7:57 a.m.- Received call about 
someone stuck in the elevator 
of University Place Building 3 
8:02 a.m.- Police arrive on the 
scene 

8:04 a.m.- Necessary contacts 
with University Place are in- 
formed 

8:39 a.m.- Lady is out of el- 
evator 

8:41 a.m.- Lady is ok. Report 
will follow 



10/7/07 

2:26 a.m.- Call from band 

building to request main gate 

opened to let buses leave that 

way for the band 

2:27 a.m.- "The gate cannot be 

opened" 

2:29 a.m.- Called band building 
back but received no message. 
Left a message 

2:44 a.m.- Call from University 
Columns to report above ten- 
ants with really loud music 
2:56 a.m.- Music has been 
turned off 

3:36 p.m.- Call from woman 
saying she hit a parked car in 
University Columns parking 
lot 

10/6/07 

8:42 a.m.- President's lawn and 
trees reported as wrapped with 
tissue. Will locate maintenance 
to clean up 

8:58 a.m.- Maintenance in- 
formed. They took care of it 
10:50 p.m.- University Col- 



umns reported 4 males 
throwing rocks at an apart- 
ment 

10:55 p.m.- Spoke with ten- 
ants and the reported males 
were their friends. No harm 
done to windows 

10/5/07 

9:12 a.m.- Student's mother 
called in reference to daugh- 
ter's keys being taken by the 
student's boyfriend. 
9:15 a.m.- Items retrieved. 
Bringing back to office 
11:32 a.m.- Student picked 
up keys. Told to call her 
mother as requested 

10/4/07 

10:06 a.m.- LSMSA hit gas 
line. NFD already on cam- 
pus 

10:08 a.m.- Gas co. sealed 
off the gas line. LSMSA per- 
sonnel and staff informed to 
contact University Police if 
anything like that happens 
again. 



University police hires 
new officers, fully staffed 



Michael Weileder 

Sauce Reporter 

The University Police is now 
fully staffed, hiring one new full- 
time employee and two student of- 
ficers. 

The police also received a sal- 
ary increase last summer, and full 
time officers, who are paid by the 
state, benefited from this raise. 

"Now for the full-time offi- 
cers, the pay is pretty good," senior 
criminal justice major and student 
officer Ben Allbritton said. "They 
are employed and commissioned 
through the state of Louisiana, so 



therefore they get more pay and a 
few more benefits than the officers 
for the city of Natchitoches." 

The student officers are em- 
ployed by the University Police. 
They have fire-arms and field train- 
ing and are supervised by officers. 

Deputy Doug Prescott said the 
pay raise might be responsible for 
an increase in police personnel. 

"We have more money to start 
them oft with, so of course the job's 
more attractive," Prescott said. 

Last year the Caspari Street 
guardhouse was integrated into 
campus security. When asked for 
a comment on last year's guard- 
house and this year's full staff, and 



what they have meant to the force, 
Prescott was straightforward as he 
answered, "We're just glad to have 
the extra help." 

Some students, however, do 
not seem as content with the new 
police staff. 

"I see no difference between 
this year and last year, except that 
I've seen a cop on a [motorized] 
Segway at tailgates," sophomore 
liberal arts major Paul Shelton 
said. "They were not able to spare 
one police officer to work Sigma 
Gamma Rho's male auction... and 
they threatened to shut them down 
because they had no police officer 
present at the event." 




Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

A representative of the Loui- 
siana Board of Regents presented 
NSU with $120,000 on Tuesday, 
Sept. 18 to complete three new en- 
dowed professorships. 

Louisiana Commissioner of 
Higher Education Joseph Savoie 
presented President Randall Webb 
with the matching funds, mean- 
ing that the donors contributed 
$60,000 for each professorship 
and the Board of Regents matched 
those funds with $40,000 per pro- 
fessorship, said Director of Alumni 
and Development Kevin McCotter. 

The three professorships are 
the Bryant & Heloise Lewis En- 
dowed Professorship in Business, 
the Robert Huie Endowed Pro- 
fessorship in Nursing and the Dr. 
Francisco A. Silva Endowed Pro- 
fessorship in Addiction Studies in 
Psychology. 

Each professorship represents 
$100,000. A professor is chosen 
based on merit or on their disci- 
pline as well as the criteria set by 
the donors and will receive the 
benefits of these endowed profes- 
sorships, said Dr. Jerry Wall, dean 
of the college of business. 

The professorships are a part 
of the Endowed Chairs and Profes- 
sorships Program, which the Board 
of Regents began in 1986, accord- 
ing to an NSU News Bureau press 
release. 



The program resulted from a 
law suit settlement; the money from 
the settlement was used to create 
the "8G trust fund," said McCotter. 

These funds were to be used to 
generate income which would be 
available for education, said Mc- 
Cotter. 

The $100,000 will be invested 
for one year before being awarded 
to a professor in order to gain inter- 
est, which is usually about $5,000, 
said Wall. 

These three new professor- 
ships will be available for the spring 
semester 2008 at the earliest, Wall 
said. 

The professor is able to spend 
the interest on things such as travel, 
software, equipment, or whatever 
he or she chooses, Wall said. 

"It allows faculty to engage in 
a number of scholarly activities," 
Webb said. 

"Professorships are great for 
the University because they pro- 
vide unrestricted funds to do or in- 
vest in extra activities that the state 
budget wouldn't allow," McCotter 
said. 

Some professors have used the 
money to travel to Europe to do re- 
citals and research in the past, said 
Webb. 

"Those [endowed professor- 
ships] are used to reward faculty 
here," Wall said. 

The college of business has the 
most endowed professorships at 
the university with eighteen total in 



varying stages, Wall said. 

"We are very fortunate,' sa | 
Wall. "We have the lion's share 
them." 

"The Office of Alumni and D 
vclopment is responsible for devi 
oping and nurturing relations!! 
with companies and individuals I 
motivate them to donate for pr 
fessorships," McCotter said. 

"We want to create a win-vl 
environment for the donor ai 
Northwestern," McCotter said 

Bryant Lewis is an alumnus 
NSU, and his family donated 
money for the endowed prolessc 
ship named after himself and 
wife, said McCotter. 

Willis-Knighton Health Systf 
donated the $60,000 for the R 
ert Huie Endowed Professors! 
and named it after the compai 
executive vice president and c 
financial officer, according to 
Cotter and an NSU News Bun 
press release. 

The donors for the Dr. Fr; 
cisco A. Silva Endowed Scholars! 
are Dan and Lily Chase, who hai 
personal relationship with Sil 
McCotter said. 

Silva was a psychiatrist in 
ton Rouge and an associate profi 
sor of clinical psychiatry at Tula 
University for 13 years, accordil 
to an NSU News Bureau press a 
lease. 

"All three groups have be» 
very generous over the years," sal 
Webb. "We're very grateful." 



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Kelli Fontenot 

Sauce Reporter 

JefFrey Mathews recently re- 
turned from active duty with the 
U.S. Central Air Force expedition- 
ary band to his position as Director 
of Student Activities and Organi- 
zations and associate professor of 
music. 

For the first 30 days of his de- 
ployment, Mathews was the trom- 
bone player for a seven-piece pop 
music ensemble. 

The Air Force contacted 
Mathews in April because they 
wanted a National Guard officer to 
travel to Southwest Asia as part of 
a seven-piece pop music ensemble 
and then stay an additional 30 days 
after the group left to transition in 
the next band. He booked the tour, 
worked on logistics for the incom- 
ing musicians and served as the of- 
ficer in charge of the group. 

Mathews, a 22-year veteran 
of the National Guard, said he is a 
changed man. 

"I feel like I can empathize 
greatly with those who are now 
there, and they're there for twelve 
months or fifteen months. I have a 
five-year-old. Fifteen months out of 
a five-year-old's life is a lot of time," 
Mathews said. "The troops that are 
there now have a wonderful sense 



of mission and they're wonderful 
people, and they're working really 
hard to do their job. The amazing 
thing to me was how I hardly ran 
into anybody who wasn't on their 
second or third tour." 

The ensemble was transported 
in C-130 military cargo planes and 
Black Hawk helicopters to Djibouti, 
Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyz- 
stan, and "an undisclosed location" 
in southwest Asia, Mathews said. 

On the mission, Mathews wore 
body armor and was authorized to 
carry an M-9 pistol (a Biretta). The 

"I think that 
I have an 
entirely new 
perspective 
on what's 
really important 
in life" 

~ Jeffrey Mathews 



command center in the Area of 
Operations required Mathews and 
the rest of the ensemble to take 
malaria pills, get anthrax shots and 



participate in intelligence briefings 
and classes on avoiding capture 
for ninety days before arrival at Al 
Udeid airbase, Mathews said. 

Al Udeid airbase is located in 
Qatar, according to Global Secu- 
rity.org. 

"We tried to go to those places 
that were less accessible to civilian 
entertainers," Mathews said. 

The ensemble performed 
country, R&B, rock, rap, and soul 
songs for soldiers at Forward Oper- 
ating Bases (FOBs). Mathews took 
a convoy to one FOB thirty miles 
away from a major base to play for 
a group of soldiers who had not had 
any entertainment for ten months, 
Mathews said. 

"The other piece of our mission 
was building relationships, and the 
country Djibouti in Africa is due 
north of Somalia," Mathews said. 
"Somalia is a hotbed for Al Quaeda 
activity, and it is due east or west of 
Yemen, which is another hotbed for 
terrorist activity. Our mission was 
to get out into small villages." 

While in Djibouti, Africa, the 
ensemble performed their music 
for some of the villagers and vis- 
ited an orphanage as a way to show 
that American forces do more than 
carry weapons. Civil affairs officials 
from the base would meet with the 
leaders of the village while the en- 



semble was playing, Mathews said. 

"I think that I have an entirely 
new perspective on what's really 
important in life," Mathews said. 

Mathews said he would endure 
the sand and 120-degree weather 
all over again with one exception: 
he hated being away from his fam- 
ily. 

"I can just see all those people 
that I talked to. I know what it felt 
like for me, so I know what it must 
be like for them," he said. "And 1 
was only gone seventy-five days..." 

For part of his deployment, 
Mathews was stationed at Balad air 
base in Iraq. "Every building was 
surrounded by giant concrete pil- 
lars because the mortars came in 
every day," Mathews said. "It's an 
explosive that gets launched from 
a couple miles away and then lands 
in the base." 

It wasn't all work, however. 
Mathews went to one of the mili- 
tary's movie theaters to see Frac- 
tured and Knocked Up while he 
was in the desert. 

Soldiers operate in 12-hour 
shifts, so during their down time, 
the military offers them access to 
recreation centers, movie theaters 
and gyms, Mathews said. 

"It's like having Student Ac- 
tivities Board for the military," 
Mathews said. 



Freshman business major twirls for SON band 



LaKimbria Williams 

Sauce Reporter 

f Although she is no stranger 
to performing in front of large 
irowds, freshman business major 
fesica Turpin described her first 
ime performing as the twirler for 
in NSU marching show as "almost 
terrifying." 

"My entire family, my coach 
far the first 12 years of my twirl- 
ing career, and some close friends 
were there, not to mention the key 
Northwestern people that I knew 
were going to be watching me. The 
pressure was on," Turpin said. 

Needless to say, she made it 
through the entire show without 
taking out any band members. 

Turpin is from Shreveport, 
Louisiana, where she attended Byrd 
High School. 



She was on the majorette line 
and also played for four years on 
her high school's varsity soccer 
team. 

Turpin has been a baton twirler 
for 14 years. 

During those years she has 
gained state, regional, and national 
titles in individual events. 

Competing in events also in- 
creased her skills on the field. She 
can twirl up to three batons at the 
same time. 

She says that she prefers to 
twirl with a team when competing, 
although, for school she enjoys be- 
ing on the field by herself. 

The top five places Turpin has 
traveled to because of her twirling 
education are "Rome, Spain, Cana- 
da, Florida, and California." 

She went to Canada this sum- 
mer to compete for an international 



cup world title. 

She and her former team, the 
Dixie Diamonds, have won several 
state and regional tides, and after 
being in the top three during many 
national competitions, they were 
finally named the national champi- 
ons a couple of years ago. 

Turpin later joined the group 
Ambition and seized the opportu- 
nity to compete in the world com- 
petitions. 

"I came to Northwestern be- 
cause it isn't too far from home, 
has a good business program and 
would allow me to continue twirl- 
ing," Turpin said. 

Turpin choreographs her rou- 
tines herself. 

Turpin will be flipping, leap- 
ing, and juggling at the next half- 
time show during the football game 
on Oct. 13. 



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NSU hosts majors fair 



Bobbie Hayes 

Staff Reporter 

The NSU Majors Fair attempt- 
ed to aid any student who had 
questions about different majors or 
minors on Oct. 4 in the Friedman 
Student Union Ballroom. 

Attendance was low, but fac- 
ulty representatives from every col- 
lege were present from 9:00 a.m. to 
1:00 p.m. to answer any questions 
that students may have. 

Even if a student did not have 
specific questions they could pick 
up any of the abundance of printed 
information around each display. 

"I think the concept and the 
idea is great," said Dr. Susan Bar- 
nett of the Psychology Department. 
"It is the best way for a student who 



is undecided to get the information 
and really see all of their options in 
one place." 

Each college had its own dis- 
play with pictures of various clubs 
or information about scholarships 
and job opportunities associated 
with the degree program. 

Representatives at one table 
brought a kitten for students to pet 
while they looked at information 
on veterinary careers. Other tables 
gave out chocolate as incentives for 
students to stop and inspect some 
of schools' information. 

Students walked through the 
displays "pretty steadily" all morn- 
ing, according to Dr. Terry Bechtel 
of the College of Business. The ma- 
jority of the students who attended 
the Fair were part of freshman ori- 



entation classes, Bechtel said. 

The information provided by 
faculty members at the Fair per- 
suaded some students to reconsid- 
er their career plans. 

Assistant professor of art Matt 
DeFord said there will be six stu- 
dents who have decided to change 
into Graphic Art and Design from 
other majors after attending the 
Majors Fair. 

According to Dr. Barnett, the 
Fair should be especially important 
for students because they can "find 
the nuts and bolts that you might 
not be able to get on your own." 

"Ultimately a student needs to 
do what makes them happy," Dr. 
Bechtel said. The Majors fair was 
an opportunity for students to de- 
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Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

The Domestic Violence Education 
and Support program (DOVES) 
seeks to promote peace for vic- 
tims of domestic violence so they 
can live in safety, health and well- 
ness, as stated in the DOVES bro- 
chure, but it does more than that. 
DOVES spreads domestic violence 
awareness and offers services and 
support to survivors in the Natchi- 
toches area. 

In coordination with the National 
Domestic Violence Awareness 
month of October, DOVES will be 
hosting a candle-light vigil for vic- 
tims of domestic violence on Oct. 
11. 

The event will last an hour on the 
Fleur De Lis stage on Cane River 
Lake riverbank off Front Street. A 
balloon launch, bird release, music, 
readings, candle lighting are sched- 
uled to occur, and free educational 
materials on domestic violence will 
be available. 

Blueprints for DOVES housing 
project will also be on display. The 
house is located on 4th street and is 
currently undergoing renovations. 
Melody Minturn, DOVES director, 
said the program is moving towards 
becoming a shelter for domestic 
violence survivors, but the process 
takes time. 

"We've mostly had to rely on do- 



nated time, skills, labor and materi- 
als, so it's been very slow," Minturn 
said, "but our goal is to be in [the 
house] by the first of the year." 
Right now, if a survivor needs shel- 
ter, the program can pay for an 
overnight hotel room or find family 
and friends of the survivor who is 



"We've mostly had 
to rely on donated 
time, skills, labor 
and materials, so 
it's been very slow, 

but our goal is to 
be in [the house] by 
the first of the year" 

~ Melody Minturn 



willing to help. Minturn said if the 
danger is prevalent, DOVES can 
transfer the person to a shelter in a 
different area. 

From July 2006 to April 2007, 
DOVES helped 87 new women, 
133 new children and 208 returns. 
Minturn said 93 percent of domes- 
tic violence victims are women. 
DOVES also donates clothes and 



consumer needs, provides emer- 
gency transportation, organizes 
weekly adult support and child play 
group and have a 24- hour emer- 
gency hot line (318-652-0802). 
Minturn said they do most of their 
work over the phone, since most 
people do not 
want to go to 
their office. 
Most people 
call to ques- 
tion if they are 
experiencing 
abuse and be 
informed of 
their options, 
"ltd be really 
great if we had 
more volun- 
teers to man 
the hot line," 
Minturn said. 
DOVES cur- 
rently employs 
two full-time ' 
and three part- 
time employ- 
ees. The rest of the program is run 
by volunteers. 

"The university is a great pool for 
volunteers for us during school," 
Minturn said. 

Many volunteers come from NSU 
fraternities, sororities or clubs, but 
they also have retired professionals, 
people who are interested in work- 
ing with domestic violence work or 



survivors who want to give back. 
DOVES has also provided intern- 
ship opportunities for psychology, 
journalism and sociology majors, 
Minturn said. 

Volunteers must complete 20 hours 
of training which involves domestic 




violence education, safety proto- 
cols and crisis intervention training 
to handle situations appropriately. 
For volunteers to work with survi- 
vors, they must complete 40 hours, 
as according to the State Coalition 
in Governor's Office core standards 
for quality assurance. 
"It's not hard," Minturn said. "It's 
just being aware of what's appropri- 



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about the need." 
DOVES raised about $32,000., 
Their goal was $25,000 which) 
would pay for overhead expense! ' 
like utilities, office supplies andl 
training to run the program. The! 
excess went to the house renova-* 
tion. 

The blueprints for the house, whichJ 
will also be at the vigil, were visibldl 
at the fund-raiser. It was good to ba 
able to see where the eff ort was goJ 
ing, Williams said. 



Professor joins science 




Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

Originally from Kenya, new as- 
sistant professor of chemistry and 
physics Catherine Situma is transi- 
tioning to NSU considerably easily. 
Situma came to the United States 
from Kenya for the first time to 
attend graduate school at LSU, Si- 
tuma said. 

An LSU recruiter visited her 
college in Kenya and talked a lot 
about what LSU had to offer. She 
went to Jomo Kenyatta Univer- 
sity of Agriculture and Technology 



(JKUAT) in Nairobi, Kenya where 
she received her bachelor's degree 
in chemistry. 



"I like here because it's 
like everybody is looking 

out for each other!' 

~ Catherine Situma 

"It was just easier to fit in," 
Situma said. LSU has a large and 
diverse campus with many inter- 
national students. "The people in 



Louisiana are generally more hos- 
pitable." Situma said. 

Situma started teaching classes 
at LSU in 2001, Situma said. 

The move to Natchitoches was 
a little different. LSU is a larger 
school and it was hard not to com- 
pare it to NSU, Situma said. 

"I like it here because it's like 
everybody is looking out for each 
other," Situma said. 

Situma said that she especially 
enjoys teaching here because the 
students are very eager and outgo- 
ing. 

During the week, Situma 



teaches chemistry on Mondays, 
Wednesdays, and Fridays. On 
Tuesdays and Thursdays she does 
research for the National Center 
for Preservation Technology and 
Training (NCPTT). Her current re- 
search project involves examining 
sulfur dioxide deposits on marble 
and limestone and how pollution 
deteriorates these building mate- 
rials. With the research, they are 
hoping to find preventative mea- 
sures in protecting historic build- 
ings and monuments. 

Situma first began teaching 
while she was an undergraduate in 



Kenya. During the summer breaks, 
she taught chemistry and physics 
at a high school. She went to LSU, 
in Baton Rouge on a teaching assij 
tantship and received her Ph.D. ii 
chemistry. 

Situma came to Natchitoches 
after receiving her Ph.D. at LSU: 
NSU is Situma's first college level 
teaching position. 

In her spare time, Situmi 
enjoys playing basketball, exercis- 
ing, going to church, and watching 
movies. She hopes to plan a trip 
back to Kenya to visit her family it, 
the near future. 



Rock band performs in New Orleans 

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Si Tucker 

Sauce Reporter 

The Mudflap Junkies are not 
what their name suggests: con- 
noisseurs of those expertly made, 
mass-produced rubber barriers 
that somehow protect your truck 
from getting stuck in the mud. 

They're a band consisting of se- 
nior journalism major Chris Watts, 
sophomore studio art major Jason 
McHalffey, junior psychology ma- 
jor Ed Rowzee and junior graphic 
communications major Brandon 
McCauley. 

The Mudflap Junkies recorded 
their first EP Sept. 14 at Rutherford 
Records in Shreveport. Now, they 
are learning what it's like to balance 
the two most important compo- 
nents of life: the band and every- 
thing else. 

The band has had gigs at Ron's 
House of Sports, the Old Fort Pub, 
the Ramada Inn, the Student Body 
and Yesterday's, but on Oct. 12 the 
Mudflap Junkies will branch out 
and perform in New Orleans at Ta- 
rantula Arms, a venue located next 
to the House of Blues. 

"You can definitely see us live 
in New Orleans," McHalffey said. 
"Twelfth of October." 

They've all been playing for a 
long time individually. Watts, the 
lead vocalist and guitarist, has been 
playing guitar for twelve years. 
McHalffey, the drummer, and Row- 
zee, the bassist and "bad boy," have 
both practiced their craft for about 



nine years. The band, however, is 
relatively new. 

"We actually started jamming 
together sometime last year, and 
we kind of messed around and 
didn't really get very much accom- 
plished," Watts said. 

"We were looking for a singer 
forever, and we had a few guys kind 
of come and go, and it didn't re- 
ally fit. Eventually, one day, I start- 
ed playing a solo thing, and they 
were like, 'Well, if you can sing by 
yourself, why not just sing for the 
band?'" 

The band has had gigs at Ron's 
House of Sports, the Old Fort Pub 
and at the Student Body. 

When asked to comment on 
the recording process— an experi- 
ence nine out of ten garage bands 
and other musicians can only 
dream of — the Junkies didn't pause 
to say how much fun it was. 

"We had a blast, man," Watts 

said. 

"They knew how we wanted it," 
Rowzee said. 

The band recorded for 13 hours 
and recorded some of the songs in 
one or two takes, Watts said. 

"They said we did it really fast," 
McHalffey said. 

Once the band gets the CD 
back, the guys plan to vote on three 
of the five recorded songs and put 
them on an EP. They will put the 
other two "on the side" and after 
they acquire the means, they may 
record a few more songs and make 
a full album. 



"We're all pretty diverse," Row- 
zee said, concerning which kinds 
of music they listen to, as well as 
which artists have influenced the 
Mudflap Junkies. 

"I guess the way we structure 
songs, it's pop," McHalffey said. 

"It's cool how we can all come 
together," Rowzee replied. 

The Junkies just like to have 
a good time and make everybody 
who listens have a good time. The 
band's self-assigned definition 
pretty much says it all: "A southern 
rock orgy of face-melting guitars, 
drums, and bass in the back of a '67 
El Camino." 

One of Watts' personal goals is 
to revive the music scene in Natchi- 
toches. 

"We really think this album... 
these songs are gonna sound really 
cool," McHalffey said. 

"I think they're all hits. They 
all have radio potential... we're re- 
ally excited about it," Watts added. 
"We just have a good time and ev- 
erybody else does too. If it makes it 
worth it, it's all right, I guess." 

After college, the Junkies said 
they would like to stick with the 
music; Rowzee would go so far as 
to "sell his soul." 

"I still get butterflies in my 
tummy when we play on stage, 
man," Rowzee said. 

So — the question that is on 
everyone's mind— why "Mudflap 
Junkies"? 

Rowzee smoothly replied, 
"Why not?" 



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Andrew Wiseman 

Guest Columnist 

There is an old adage that de- 
icribes what I believe to be the three 
nain things in life: "The bread that 
jves us sustenance, the books that 
|ive us wisdom, and the women 
hold the thread of life." 
From the beginning of time, 
wmanhood has prevailed through 
ains and depravity of one kind or 
mother to reach where it is now. 
lis chronic bustle and hustle has 
idped women to establish a net- 
lork through common feelings, 
ispirations, spirituality, and physi- 
awareness. 

With the difference only in the 
.dividual cultural makeup as a 
(suit of what the wind of change 
as created in the diverse environ- 
nents, looking deep into the in- 
tnse male dominating and female 
ubordinating societies. 
Where tremendous disheart- 



ening and degrading mechanisms 
are in place consciously and uncon- 
sciously distorting and obstructing 
the progress of women coaxing 
them to succumb and be subdued. 

Most cultures and almost ev- 
ery religion has recognized the fact 
that God is feminine masculine 
god and is the feminine aspect of 
God that is real creative spirit, but 
because this plain-truth has not 
been clearly amplified in the vari- 
ous teachings, it is making it diffi- 
cult for the adherents to acquaint 
themselves with this reality. 

Especially in the current Ju- 
deo-Christianity whereby certain 
sects deliberately abhors women's 
empowerment and leadership roles 
as a result of man made laws in 
God's name. 

This humiliating, undermining 
and dehumanizing scheme has for 
so long reigned supreme and held 
a manipulative factor in the lives of 
our women. 



Relegating them to the back- 
ground continuously minimiz- 
ing and maintaining our women 
folks as perpetual underdogs in all 
spheres, regardless of the sacrifices 
and contributions they have made 
in the lives of our proph- 
ets and Messiahs. 

This is mocking and 
scoffing of the truth. For 
the world to close an 
ear to the yearnings and 
cravings of women and 
allow the most horrid 
and heinous atrocities of 
such stinking to the high 
heavens be perpetrated 
against women in the 
name of culture tradition or reli- 
gion could be the foulest, grossest, 
and infernal crimes ever. 

In the Unites States today we 
all can see how fast gender restric- 
tion is declining and cannot deny 
the fact that women have elevated 
themselves to the helm of affairs 



already. The political arena has 
shown that green light and our 
women are at the forefront with 
immense wisdom and unrelenting 
eloquence are already aware, it is 
no longer a matter of who will go. 

(Is all that we are say- 
ing give us a chance). 

As a matter of fact, 
women have been 
able to display their 
capability, efficiency, 
confidence and very 
high self esteem in 
all disciplines and en- 
deavors crowning it 
unflinched maturity 
as evidence of their 
readiness to take on the leadership 
mantle of this nation. 

This profound impact has been 
noticed mostly in the areas of edu- 
cation, health, management and 
numerous multitasking ventures. 
Women continue to excel in more 
sensitive political fields which until 




Andrew Wiseman 

Guest Columnist 



quite recently have been consid- 
ered too difficult for their makeup. 

What an average American is 
saying is that with the current dark 
cloud of insecurity looming over 
us, a woman president cannot re- 
ally live to the task or be a better 
Chief of Staff. 

This cannot be another in- 
timidating tool. Women have ex- 
hibited great talents and uncom- 
promising skills at war fronts just 
like their male counterparts and 
better in conflict resolution. 
Beloveth, it is time we make a judi- 
cious choice. It takes only women 
to stop a woman from ascending 
the throne. 

As much as it takes only wom- 
en to stop a fellow woman from as- 
cending the throne, fast risen and 
fallen empires had ruling Queens 
making conquests and setting land- 
mark modern day politics have had 
Israel, India, Great Britain, etc. 

Experienced powerful femi- 



nine leaderships, with that of Brit- 
ish leaders political inclination and 
economic policy reactivated the 
ailing economy of the time. 

Leveled and dismantled, all vi- 
cious structures and political more 
hills that were passing a stumbling 
block to progress on development. 
Also restored and reconciled Great 
Britain to the European Conglom- 
eration of Nations. Part of this her 
admiration even from critics as the 
Iron Lady. 

So it is time for Americans 
mythical old lady with silver hands, 
whose love will be the healing nec- 
tars and to also lift the fretful veil 
of timidity and wanton fears. To 
revamping and regurgitating the 
system soothing and healing the 
nations. 

Illuminating and igniting that 
perpetual flame of liberty which 
through democracy America is 
portraying and orchestrating for 
many oppressed people. 





Comic by Andrew Wiseman 





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Iranian president's 
comments ignite 
negative reactions 

Ahmadinejad speaks at Columbia 



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Bryant Weldon 

Guest Columnist 

The President of Iran made 
a laughing stock out of himself at 
Columbia University on Monday, 
Sept. 24. 

The president of the university 
opened Ahmadinejad's 
speech with a formal 
condemnation of the 
Iranian president, say- 
ing he exhibited all the 
signs of a petty and cruel 
dictator. It was probably 
a bad move since the au- 
dience should draw their 
own conclusions. 

It isn't polite to 
invite someone over 
and then insult them; it definitely 
doesn't reflect well on a university. 
Some of the topics Ahmadinejad 
hit on ranged from women, homo- 
sexuals and the abolition of Israel 
as a country. 

Columbia faced tremendous 
opposition to even let the world 
leader speak but it turned out to 
be a blessing in disguise. Colum- 
bia gave Ahmadinejad some slack 
to freely speak and answer ques- 
tions, and the leader managed to 
hang himself with the freedom he 
was given. Not surprising, since the 
citizens of his country aren't used 
to it. 

He consistently made ridicu- 
lous claims like that "Women in 
Iran enjoy the highest freedoms" 
and the most shocking statement of 
all, "In Iran, we don't have homo- 
sexuals, like in your country." 

The statement about gays in 




Weldon 

olumnist 



Iran incited a lot of laughter and 
boos. When questioned on his 
stance about the holocaust, he did 
not deny that it occurred as usual 
but stated perhaps it should be 
looked at in a different perspec- 
tive; I'm assuming he meant in a 
perspective other than that of its 
victims. 

Ahmadinejad 
also used his time to 
reassure the world 
that Iran is only us- 
ing enriched uranium 
for atomic energy and 
not weapons. 

Blaming his 
tight schedule, he 
only answered a few 
questions before de- 
parting. Many of the more serious 
question posed to Ahmadinejad 
were deflected by a clever tactic; 
he answered tough questions with 
even tougher ones directed toward 
his American audience. 

He even invited both faculty 
and students to study at any Iranian 
university they choose. 

Ahmadinejad acted like a child 
as he made claims about his people 
and country based on his personal 
beliefs of what things are like. The 
homosexual comment will sorely 
hurt future statements this world 
leader may make, especially in the 
minds of Americans. 

lust because you want to be- 
lieve something doesn't make it 
true. 

Who can take you seriously 
when you're that delusional? 

Poor President Ahmadinejad; 
he hasn't grown up yet. 



Expanding child health care 
may lead to socialization 



Rev. Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

Until recently, a George Bush 
veto occurred about as often as a 
Rosie O'Donnell hunger strike, but 
the president's latest veto of ex- 
panding the State Children's Health 
Insurance Program (SCHIP) has 
created a split within the party lines 
of Louisiana lawmakers. 

Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Kenner, 
has alienated himself from a few of 
his fellow Louisiana congressional 
delegates by committing to help- 
ing House Democrats override the 
veto. 

Jindal's decision won't cause 
him a political Charlie horse for 
Louisiana's gubernatorial race, but 
could ultimately lead to the paraly- 
sis of our health care system. 

The bill was largely a biparti- 
san effort by Congress to expand 
SCHIP's current enrollment of 
about 6.6 million children to over 
10 million. 

According to the New York 
Times, the bill would provide $60 
billion over the next five years, $35 
billion more than current spend- 
ing and $30 billion more than the 
president proposed. 

With the right kind of eye, this 
bill can be seen for what it truly is: A 
two-headed beast with razor sharp 




Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



claws, armed to the teeth with po- 
litical ammo for Democrats, and 
socialized health care is pumping 
through its veins. 

According to 
Senate Republican 
leader Mitch Mc- 
Connell, "demo- 
crats are counting 
down the hours, so 
they can tee up the 
election ads, say- 
ing Republicans 
don't like kids." 

Sen. John Ker- 
ry of Massachu- 
setts is leading the 
mob with torches blazing. "Today 
with a single stroke of his veto pen, 
President Bush single-handedly 
jeopardized health care for mil- 
lions of poor children," Kerry said 
in a New York Times Interview. 

While it may appear that 
George Bush doesn't care about 
poor children, the proposed expan- 
sion would more than double cur- 
rent funding for the program. The 
president may not reach an agree- 
ment with Congress any time soon, 
but a $35 billion expansion is just 
too much. 

The expansion would also pro- 
vide an alternative to millions chil- 
dren in families already covered 
under private health insurance 



plans, with yearly incomes surpass- 
ing state poverty levels. 

The expansion would insure 
children of families making up to 
$80,000 a year in Lou- 
isiana. 

Senator David Vit- 
ter, R-Metairie, joined 
a minority of senators 
who voted ."no" on the 
final bill. Representa- 
tive Jim McCrery of 
Shreveport, top Re- 
publican on the Ways 
and Means Commit- 
tee also opposed the 
expansion. 
"I think it's ridiculous for the 
federal government to give direct 
cash subsidies to people making 
300 percent of the poverty level," 
McCrery said in a Daily Advertiser 
article. 

Government controlled health 
care is not the answer. Steps should 
be taken to avoid a desolate future 
of staggering waiting lists and de- 
caying medical facilities and equip- 
ment. 

Competition within a priva- 
tized market would make insurance 
and health care affordable for em- 
ployers and families. It would put 
the responsibility of choice making 
in the hands of citizens, without in- 
terference from the government. 



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Personal responsibility could turn Lousiana around 



Lauren Sciba 

Staff' Reporter 

The rest of the world must 
think Louisiana is one rotten place. 
Think of all the bad things happen- 
ing in or associated with Louisiana 
that have floated to the headlines in 
the last year: Dirty politicians, vio- 
lence, natural disasters, economic 
decay and of course plain old celeb- 
rity smut. 

Scandal erupted when Louisi- 
ana Senator David Vitter's phone 
number was found in a prostitute's 
little black book and blew up all 
over CNN over the summer. 

Before that was the discov- 
ery of $90,000 in the freezer in the 
home of Louisiana Congressman 



William Jefferson. 

Katrina plagues the nightly 
news, as displaced 
people still live in 
trailers and wait for 
government aid. The 
economic backwash 
from the hurricane 
and the slow and 
steady recovery pro- 
cess are also hot top- 
ics. 

Then there are 
the recent violent 
crimes that our be- 
loved state has hosted. With the 
Jena Six controversy and last week's 
massacre in an Alexandria law of- 
fice showing up on everything from 
Fox News to the Today Show, ev- 




Lauren Sciba 

Staff Reporter 



ery other state in the U.S. must be 
thinking, "at least we're not that 
bad." 

To give the na- 
tion a glimpse at what 
kind of people we re- 
ally are, we have our fel- 
low Louisianan, Britney 
Spears, running around 
Hollywood, hopped up 
on who knows what and 
chauffeuring her chil- 
dren (whom she recently 
lost custody of) around 
without a driver's li- 
cense. 

And to add insult to injury, 
Louisiana was also in the news re- 
cently for taking the number four 
spot on the list of the U.S. most 



President Bush lacks tact 




Tim Gattie 

KNWD Host 



Matt Morrison 

Guest Columnist 

At a United Nations General 
Assembly on Sept. 25, President 
Bush showed Americans and the 
world that yes, he could go lower. 

Never disappointing us with 
his criticisms of other countries, 

'Asses and 
Elephants 9 

Afterthoughts 
on creationism 
in schools 

Tim Gattie 

KNWD Host 

The proposed plan is flawed, 
however the idea needs address- 
ing. We continue to teach what are 
simply 
t h e o - 
ries as 
facts 
while 
giving 
no pos- 
s i b 1 e 
alter- 
native 
or even 
recog- 
nizing 

that an alternative could exist. 
Schools cannot teach a single reli- 
gion to their students but need to 
start admitting that science can- 
not answer every question and that 
people have differing views that are 
just as valid as what is being taught 
now. 

Paul Shelton 

KNWD Host 

A bill was introduced recent- 
ly in the LA state legislature that 
would require that creationism be 
taught in public schools. In almost 
every state, the current approach is 
to teach 
the the- 
ories of 
evolu- 
tion or 
intel- 
ligent 
design. 



Cre- 
ation- 
ism, a 

religious belief as opposed to sci- 
entific theory, is not taught. While 
the bill that this representative 
proposed is not a good plan at all, 
creationism should be presented in 
some way in the public school sys- 
tem. 

It does not contradict the sci- 
entific theory of evolution so it 
should be taught somehow. 

"Asses and Elephants" is a po- 
litical talk show that airs Thurs- 
days from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on 
KNWD. 



Matt Morrison 

Guest Columnist 



he gave a long-winded speech at 
tacking leaders of different coun 
tries. One of his first 
targets in his less- 
than- tactful speech 
was the military dic- 
tatorship country 
of Myanmar, more 
commonly known as 
Burma. 

Bush accused 
its government of 
"imposing a 19-year 
reign of fear," and 
also stated that "Americans are out- 
raged by the situation in Burma." 

With so much attention focused 
on Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, I 
doubt many Americans are aware 
of any situation in Burma, much 
less knowing what or where Burma 
is. Surprisingly instead of recom- 
mending America invade Myan- 
mar/Burma to liberate its people, 
President Bush merely threatened 
to tighten economic sanctions on 
the government's leaders. 

Bush then proceeded to ver- 
bally attack Cuba. 

"[The] Long rule of a cruel dic- 
tator is nearing its end," Bush said 
in an Associated Press article. 

Regardless of what we think of 
Castro, it was in pretty poor taste 




for President Bush to insult the 
leader of a country in front of its 
delegation. 

As he continued 
on his usual soapbox 
about liberating the 
Cuban people and giv- 
ing them freedom, the 
Cuban delegation, obvi- 
ously insulted, left the 
assembly. 

If we are viewed 
as a freedom-loving be- 
nign country, the con- 
stant antics of President Bush must 
stop. The point here is not whether 
we agree or disagree with what he 
said, but how he said it. 

Accusing various countries of 
harboring terrorists and imposing 
reigns of terror during UN Assem- 
blies, Bush can do little more than 
strengthen the world's disdain for 
him and lower the American peo- 
ple's respect for him. 

As long as our President open- 
ly insults countries left and right, 
we can hope to accomplish little in 
improving America's "approval rat- 
ing." 

Perhaps if President Bush 
learned a bit of tact he would have 
fewer people attacking him and 
gain a little more support. 




Paul Shelton 

KNWD Host 



The new library hours are ridicu- 
lous. They claim that the reason they 
close earlier is for security reasons. 

They even have the gall to say 
that because the library is open late, 
and because the gates stop people not 
associated with the university from 
gaining access to campus after 10 PM, 
people might start hanging out at the 
library. 

God forbid should anyone hang 
out at the local library. They might ac- 
cidentally pick up a book and read it. 

Their reasons, 1 believe, are bo- 
gus. Is it electricity cost? Are a couple 
of extra hours of light going to bank- 
rupt the university? Is it that a few 
people decided they did not want to 
work a couple of more hours? 

That, especially on this university, 
1 would believe. 

Don't let the posted hours fool 
you, either. Closing at 10 p.m. means 
that they start kicking people out at 
9:30 and turn the lights off on students 
at 9:45. 

There has been one instance I 
witnessed where the lights were, no 
kidding, turned off on students in the 
reading room while they were being 
tutored. This was before 10 p.m.. 

Tutors and the students they were 
tutoring sat outside on the library 
steps for another half an hour to fin- 
ish up. In this case the library has gone 
beyond ridiculous and become rude 
and obnoxious. 

The claim that they will stay open 
later for midterms is also bogus. I had 
a mid-term last week, and a mid-term 
paper due this week. Nine-thirty rolls 
around and it is still closing time. By 
the way, students go to school and 
study all semester, not just at mid- 
terms. 

The LSU, ULM, and LSUS librar- 
ies stay open until midnight Monday 
through Thursday. Even little old Nich- 
ols' library stays open until 11 p.m. 

This is indicative of a bigger prob- 
lem, I think. There is something wrong 



somewhere within the administration 
of this university if a library can't stay 
open past 10 p.m.. 

The new athletic fee that the SGA sup- 
ported last semester and students vot- 
ed for, although it was mostly athletes 
that voted, is going towards marketing 
sporting events to students. 

Apparently school spirit isn't 
enough to get people to athletic 
events. It is difficult to have spirit in a 
school that kicks you out of the library 
well before even a middle schooler's 
bedtime. 

Maybe wiser use of that money 
would be to make sure the library 
is more accessible to students than 
sporting events, if money is the real 
problem. If it is security, we have our 
very own police force on campus. 

Some of them just got pay raises. 
Maybe one of these officers could hang 
out at the library, too. Heck, even 
Brookshires has a rent-a-cop. 

Aaron Pizani 



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obese states. 

Anyone who actually lives here 
would argue that in spite of the bad 
wrap, it isn't all that bad. It has a 
culture unlike any other, food and 
traditions rich with history and a 
college football team ranking num- 
ber one in the country. 

Although it might sound like it, 
the point of this piece is not to bash 
Louisiana. Discussing the nega- 
tive coverage Louisiana has been 
receiving in the media is meant to 
bring it to the attention of residents 
that this state needs to initiate a 
change. Change can come from the 
very smallest of things done in a 



positive way. 

At the risk of sounding like 
a public service announcement, 
there are several mostly painless 
things Louisianans can do to help a 
positive change occur. 

Voting in the upcoming elec- 
tion for candidates that will work to 
revive Louisiana's politics would be 
a good way to start. Volunteering to 
mentor children or rebuild homes 
in New Orleans or helping the 
homeless can bring about a change. 
Even doing the smallest deed, such 
as taking an extra thirty seconds to 
throw your trash away or get some 
exercise by walking to school can 



help change Louisiana. 

The kind of change Louisian 
needs is not one that only come 
from miracles; it is one that bi 
gins with one person going the ei 
tra mile to do the right thing. Iti 
the kind of change that one perso 
can make, even if it just starts wil(| 
themselves. 

Louisiana may look like a daij I 
gerous and awful place to be off 
the news, but truth be told, thof 
of us who live here know it real 
is a place like no other. Though « 
might already know this, we ne 
to work to make it known to 
rest of the country. 



Get out and vote 



Tori Ladd 

Guest Columnist 

Look out Louisiana, statewide 
elections are here, and the state is 
trying something new; early voting 
is in the wind. This will be the first 
time that Louisiana is having an 
early voting season. 

Louisiana voters will be al- 
lowed the opportunity to vote early 
without having to have an absentee 
excuse. 

Regardless of when a citizen is 
going to the polls the results should 
add up to be the same when it is 
time to count the ballets. Citizens 



should see it as a good idea. It all 
adds up to the same 
thing as long as it is 
done correctly and 
in proper order on 
Election Day. 

Early voting 
gives citizens a 
chance to desig- 
nate a time to vote 
if they are not able 
to have the specific 
day off. Also, maybe 
people who would not normally 
vote would have more time to get 
involved. 

To all who are interested early 




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serves. 



Tori Ladd 

Guest Columnist 



voting began Saturday October 
and will continue throufl 
October 13, 2007; 
statewide primary 
scheduled for October 2t $QJ\ p\ 
2007. 

Voters will n«T 
to provide a driver's 
cense, a Louisiana Spec 
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Jindal could hinder education 



Heath Bodie 

Guest Columnist 

Bobby Jindal will be our next 
chief executive according to the 
most recent polls. 
He is also the man that should be 
the last person we as 
citizens of Louisiana 
should push in the ballot 
box to lead our state for 
the next four or possibly 
eight years. 

A Bobby Jindal gov- 
ernorship would be one 
of the worst possible 
events that could hap- 
pen for our state's edu- 
cational department. 

As Governor, Bobby Jindal 
would have the ability to select 
someone to be the state superin- 
tendent of education. He would 
also choose three members of the 
Board of Elementary and Second- 
ary Education, which would then 
allow him to direct how our current 
educational system progresses, or 
rather, does not progress. 

Bobby Jindal, who has missed 
over 90 percent of votes in the U.S. 
House of Representatives this year 



while running for the governor's 
seat, has a 21-point plan he believes 
will "cure" our educational system, 
which is currently last in the nation 
for results and first in "account- 
ability," according to No Child Left 
Behind, a failed President Bush 
policy. 

This 21-point pol- 
icy includes several 
issues the Louisiana 
Teacher Federation 
and Louisiana Asso- 
ciation of Educators 
have raised concerns 
over. 

Jindal supports 
de-funding our edu- 
cational system by 
paying for school 
vouchers for students to go to pri- 
vate, religious schools in favor of 
higher funds of our public schools. 

Jindal should pay more in those 
lower-achieving school districts 
rather than pay students to go to 
private schools. 

Jindal supports "merit-based" 
pay raises for teachers. This will al- 
low pay raises to teachers in school 
districts that do well, and limit what 
the failing school districts can do as 




Heath Bodie 

Guest Columnist 



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without improvements. This "mff vnst ln 
it-based" pay will also be tied P rew Br 
NCLB standardized tests that haf rue fre; 
so far not worked for the state. »P rained 

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ligent design" into the current so Drev 
ence curriculum, even though tP ame ln ' 
United States Supreme Court, J imited t( 
1987, banned Louisiana from doii 
this because the court ruled it Jl uacl 8° 
an intrusion of religious teachin 
in the public school system. 

This support of "intelligent i 
sign" would be a giant leap bad 
wards for our state. 

Louisiana is already pre* Lada 
much last in the nation in eve prc e ptioi 
field, and if Jindal becomes gov( ards to ' 
nor, he'll push us further backwa 
by pushing to have this ridicul 
'science' to be taught in our pul 
high schools. 

When the state holds electi 
for governor on the 20th, we 
have to make a choice. 

We can elect someone wf 
intelligence to lead our state in 
the future, or we can elect Bob 
Jindal. 




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SGA fully funds 
new women's 



crew bout 



Photo by Kera Simon/Current Sauce 

SGA President Shane Creppel Christines the crew team's new boat as crew coach Allen Pasch ob- 
serves. The boat 'Perserverance' was funded by the SGA. 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

SGA President Shayne Crep- 
pel christened the women crew 
team's new $14,000 four seat racing 
shell on Friday that was purchased 
through funds appropriated by the 
SGA. 

The NSU women crew team 
applied for additional funding from 
the club sports account last spring. 
They originally requested half of the 
boat's cost, $7,000. SGA passed a 
bill for the women's crew to receive 
the $7,000, and then amended the 
bill to $14,000. 



Creppel said the crew team are 
highly recognized and worked hard 
to raise half the cost of the boat. 
"They are the hardest working club 
sport on campus," Creppel said. 
The youngest women's four seat 
boat was a 1994 model. The interior 
of the old model was made of wood, 
compared to the new 2007 model 
which is made of carbon. The new 
boat was named "Perseverance." 
Danielle Champagne, senior his- 
tory major and captain of the wom- 
en's varsity team, said they have 
fundraised for the new boat for a 
few years. She said they save up as 
much as they can through the year, 



working the concession stands dur- 
ing football games, organizing an 
annual urg-athon, carwashes and 
donations by alumni. 
After the Perseverance was chris- 
tened by Creppel and the rest of 
the women's crew team, the four 
seniors and their coxswain put the 
new boat in the water for a quick 
practice row. Practice continued as 
normal for the women's crew team, 
with the new addition of the cham- 
pagne smelling 2007 Vespoli four 
seat racing shell. 

The first NSU crew tourna- 
ment will take place in Knoxville, 
Tenn. on Oct. 19. 




Photo by Kera Simon/Current Sauce 

The four crew senior take a practice row in their new boat. Pictured from left are coxswain Brandi Guilbeau, Jessica Craig, Danielle Champagne, Sadie Wintersteen and Maryellen Dicky. 



Colonels KO Demons 

Injuries, turnovers sink Demon 
football in blowout loss 58-0 



Miller Daniel 

Sports txlitor 



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The Demons' first three quar- 

mterbacks went down with injuries 
against the Nicholls State Colonels 
in a 58-0 loss. 

The Colonels were able to 
•-scorin ' aioc ' c out startin 8 quarterback 
ft behin Germayne Edmond with an injured 
lis "mer w ' st ' n tne nrst 9 uartcr - Backup 
1 tied to " rew branch also injured a knee, 
hat hav ^ rue Ires hman, Adam Fayard also 
tate sprained his throwing shoulder at 

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•rent sci Drew Branch returned to the 
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cord. It was the first time NSU 
las been shut out since Oklahoma 
State beat the Demons 21-0. It was 
he first SLC shutout of NSU since 
m Houston in 1999. 
NSU was down 44-0 at the half, 



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hard in the second half, surrender- 
ing only 14 additional points. 
The blowout did not seem so ap- 
parent on paper. Nicholls only had 
315 total yards and Northwestern 
had more first downs. 

Byron Lawrence led the De- 
mons with 62 yards rushing on 15 
carries. 

The Demons' game plan for the 
speedy Nicholls' defense centered 
around Edmond's running ability. 
When he went down, so did their 
strategy. 

"Once Ed went out, a lot of our 
game plan went with him. The way 
he can run gave us something we 
needed against a very good Nicholls 
defense," head coach Scott Stoker 
said. "Then having Drew get hurt 
took away even more. We didn't 
give our defense any help, and even 
though we did a pretty fair job de- 
fending the option, when the other 
team's defense scores like that, it's 
probably impossible to overcome 
even on a good day." 

Stoker said he was proud of 
his team despite the tough day and 
baffled by his team's misfortune. 

The Demons are still waiting 
on a quarterbacks update. 

"We've got a young team that 
needs to grow up and this situation 
will force the issue. I believe ev- 
erything happens for a reason and 
we've been put in this situation to 
test us. To see how we'll respond," 
he said. 




Photo by Courtesy of Media Services 

Quarterback Drew Branch (9) was one of three NSU quarterbacks to go down with injuries during their 58-0 loss to Nicholls Satur 
day. The loss was the worst SLC defeat in school's history and the first time a demon team has been shutout since 2001. 



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Traditions key to building rabid fan 
base in college football 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

There are some things that 
just can't be avoided. I'm sure by 
Thursday I'll be getting an ear-full 
from NSU Athletic Director Greg 
Burke. So Greg, I'll go ahead with a 
preemptive strike on the apologies 
and hope the Bush fam- 
ily will be proud. 

On Saturday night, 
I got the chance of a life- 
time. I got to see a cer- 
tain team in south Loui- 
siana play in one of the 
greatest college football 
games of the modern 
era. What's more, I was 
able to swing a bench 
pass for the home team, 
who I will leave anony- 
mous for Greg's sake. 

Let me just say I've never seen 
anything like it before. I grew up 
in that stadium, and I've seen my 
share of huge games there. This 
tops them all. Standing in the cor- 
ner of the stadium right below the 
home team's student section, I sure 
got an earful. 

They say it was louder in the 
stadium than a jet engine, and it 
definitely was. ESPN College Game- 
day's Chris Fowler and Desmond 
Howard were so close I could reach 
out and touch them. The stadium 
rocked when a simple announce- 
ment came over the stadium's PA 
system: 

"Attention ladies and gentle- 
man... Final score, Stanford 24, 
USC 23." 

Those simple words set off 
a roar unlike any I'd ever heard. 
I have a shirt that I wore growing 
up that reads "...a place that gets in 
your blood and stays there forev- 
er"- It's nights like those that hold 
that statement true. 

Never in sports history has one 
announcement changed an entire 
game. I've seen fans cheer for an- 
nouncements like that before when 
a big upset comes over a team on 
the brink of a dynasty. But never 
have I seen it affect players the way 
I saw it Saturday night. 

It was like someone had flipped 
a switch. The home team had just 
scored a touchdown and after that 
they knew there was no losing the 
ball game. They were able to fight 
back from 17 points down to win 
the game after a physical, nine- 
minute drive in the game's final 
countdown. 

When you have a team willing 
to go five-for-five on fourth downs 
in a game and run straight up the 
middle on third and goal on the 
same play used the entire drive and 
punch it into the end zone and be 
so mentally tough not to panic in a 
situation like that, you've got a truly 
special team. 

So unless you've been hiding 
under a rock for the last week, you 
know what game I'm talking about. 
And that game gives us a lot of 
metaphors for life as well. Honestly 
though, I'm not crazy about the 
football movie cliches (sorry, Lou 
Holtz). 

What I can tell you about my 
experience Saturday night is that 
it's something I will never ever for- 
get. It's something I'm going to tell 
my grandkids about, just like when 
my dad would tell me about playing 
Ole Miss in 1972. It's that tradition 
that makes football in the South so 
important. 

The traditions we pass down, 
the images on the replays, the sto- 
ries of families, food and football 
are what make that game great, es- 
pecially where we live. 

I think that there are several 
lessons to be learned on more than 
a football-movie-level kind of way. 




Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Lessons that are a little simpler. 
And Greg, here's the payoff for you 
buddy, because these all pertain to 
NSU. 

There is nothing, I repeat noth- 
ing like college football in the South. 
Even small high schools and colleg- 
es in the state are passionate about 
their football teams. I went back to 
my little AA high school football 
game, and even there 
a resurgence of wild, 
crazy, wacky football 
antics can be found 
in a game against our 
arch-rival (which, for 
the record, we've won 
15 straight games 
against them). 

I guarantee no 
other place in the 
country would home 
and visiting fans 
alike be so enthralled by a single 
announcement. Not a momentum- 
shifting play, an awe-inspiring ef- 
fort or a "win one for the injured 
guy" horrific injury, just a simple 
announcement. 

Tradition- that is what makes col- 
lege football in the south so great. 
That's why my high school is sud- 
denly becoming so football crazy. 
It never was like that while I was 
there, but during my senior year we 
started to build tradition. That is 
what we need at NSU. 
It's strange growing up in a college 
football-crazy town and coming to 
a town so laid back about football 
as Natchitoches. The biggest thing 
NSU could do for the program is to 
try and build a unique football tra- 
dition. Not saying that they don't 
now, because they have some great 
ones. 

I love the Purple Swarm, the 
nickname of the NSU defense. It's 
kind of our own "Black Shirts" of 
Nebraska. Now Nebraska knows 
how to play that angle. They put 
out T-shirts, posters, and all kinds 
of merchandise geared to play up 
that angle. Obviously, we're not Ne- 
braska, but we can do it on a small 
scale. 

And how about Turpin Stadi- 
um? I tell you I've seen other cham- 
pionship subdivision stadiums, and 
it ranks up there in terms of size. 
Filling that stadium up would be 
something. They wouldn't have 
built it up so big if there weren't 
enough people to fill it. 

The problem is- too many stu- 
dents go home on the weekends. No 
one gets excited about college foot- 
ball around the university except 
those who do stay, which are made 
up mostly spirit groups, greeks, 
and auxiliary and booster organi- 
zations. If more people would stay, 
it would help. 

Everyone says they go home on 
the weekends because there's noth- 
ing to do here, and from a collegiate 
standpoint, weekends are pretty 
dull. What they need is a college- 
town sort of entertainment block 
with several local establishments 
near campus. If you keep people in 
town, you keep butts in the seats. 
It's simple, but the city would have 
to cooperate pretty proactively and 
a lot of the town's older population 
with which we're so well acquaint- 
ed must be willing to give us that. 
To me, that is the biggest thing that 
keeps us from being a real "foot- 
ball school." People just don't stick 
around. 

If students have a reason to, they'll 
stay, tailgate, go to the game, and go 
party like a good southern school 
should. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore jour- 
nalism major. The views expressed 
do no necessarily represent those of 
the entire Sauce staff or those of the 
university. 




Miller Dani< 
Sports Editc 
mdanielOO 1 @student.nsula.ed 
October 10, 2O0f 



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Demon Volleyball wins two 
straight at southern Louisiana 
schools after dropping first 
four conference match ups 



Bobbie Hayes 

Sports Editor 

The Lady Demons' Volleyball 
team seeks to continue their two 
game winning streak in Southland 
Conference play on Oct. 13 at Cen- 
tral Arkansas. 

The Demons are coming off of 
two "important wins" against Nich- 
olls State University and Southeast- 
ern Louisiana over this past week- 
end according to head volleyball 
coach Brittany Uffelman. 

"This weekend was the first 
chance we really got to show that 
we can use all of our strengths," 
Uffelman said. 

Southeastern fell to the De- 
mons in a 3 games to none sweep. 
This was the first time the Demons 
were able to use their newly ac- 
quired depth of the roster. 

The number of players was a 
key factor in the Demon's defeat 
over Nicholls State later that week- 
end, Uffelman said. After loosing 
the first two games, the Lady De- 
mons fought back and ultimately 
won 3-2. Every player contributed 
to both victories. 

Previously, the squad had lost 
their first four conference matches 
to Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, 
McNeese, and Lamar, all of which 
have had formidable records in the 
Southland Conference for years. 

While the total game scores 
of the last three matches were 3- 
1, with the Demons on the bottom 
end, individual point scores per 
game reveal how the matches were 
actually close. After barely coming 
up short so many times Uffelman 
said, "it was nice" to finally be on 



the winning side. 

"I am really proud of our teai 
maturity," Uffelman said. "Weld $(; UC [ ( 
our first four matches in Conferee 
to really good teams and the gi| jjr^gjj 
didn't give up. They turned aroui . 
and won the next two which real 
shows how much this ball club k p. 3 
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coaches say they will be pracb ^ 
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most intense practices of the ye-'" 
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teams are very similar. The answHall 6V 
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ing a more consistent ball club, j 
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cism that if we can add consistent— 




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ence," Uffelman said. 
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also thrive at home. "We love put 
ing at home. We have the highf 
attendance in the Conference 
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the girls are playing." 

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Funding 
for police 
training 
hits the 
Southeast 

Gulf States Regional 
Center provides new 
law enforcement 




LaKimbria Williams 

Sauce Reporter 

The Gulf States Regional Cen- 
ter for Public Safety Innovations 
has received $500,000 to provide 
law enforcement training in areas 
of Louisiana affected by Hurricane 
Katrina. 

Law enforcement agencies 
lost scores of experienced person- 
nel because of Katrina and related 
issues, and this loss of experience, 
training, talent and skills could not 
have come at a more devastating 
time, GSRCPI Executive Directory 
Daphne Levenson said. 

"Senator Mary Landrieu and 
her team really pushed to get the 
congress to o.k. the funds for the 
training, and Mississippi and Ala- 
bama are also receiving money for 
law enforcement training," Leven- 
son said. "The training - which is 
due to take place in January - will 
help the affected Louisiana regions 
to face the challenges presented to 
them since the occurrence of Ka- 
trina." 

The GSRCPI will work in- 
depth with the law enforcement 
leaders of the region to ensure the 
training delivered is what they 
need and where they need it, ac- 
cording to GSRCPSI's Web site, 
www.gsrcpi.org. 

Over the next two years, 
GRSCPI will work to train law en- 
forcement on a variety of topics in- 
cluding gang education and effec- 
tive prosecution, officer stress and 
survival, diversity with a Hispanic 
concentration, ethics and crime 
scene investigation. 

"I do not think that the money 
should be used for training law en- 
forcement," Erica LaFrance, New 
Orleans resident and junior nurs- 
ing major at NSU, said. "I think that 
they do need to train more offi- 
cers, but there are numerous other 
things that kind of money could be 
being used for." 

Others like Keaton Eugene, 
freshman chemistry major also 
from New Orleans, said the law en- 
forcement training is a good idea. 
He believes the training would help 
to aid in rebuilding New Orleans to 
its former glory. 



Fall senior day 

High school seniors get a pre- 
view of NSU with tours, forums 




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Photo by Kera Simon/Current Sauce 

Tommy Hailey, associate professor of anthropology, talks with a high school senior from Coving- 
ton about archeology at the social science booth during the organization and major fair. 



Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

High school seniors participat- 
ed in the fall Senior Day hosted by 
NSU this weekend. 

NSU has hosted Senior Day 
for almost 20 years, assistant direc- 
tor of University Recruiting Ashlee 
Hewitt said. 

"We send out like 40,000 mail- 
out piece to the different high 
school seniors and that is how we 
get people here," Hewitt said. 

Fall Senior Day is an annual 
event high school seniors attend to 
meet with representatives from the 
financial aid office, housing office 
and scholarship office, according to 
the Fall Senior Day brochure. 

High school seniors get the 



opportunity to speak with faculty 
members representing a major 
they may be interested in and stu- 
dents representing organizations in 
which they may be interested. 

The schedule of events includ- 
ed a guest speaker, parent orienta- 
tion, student panel, opportunity to 
meet with academic departments 
and student organizations, lunch, 
and campus and housing tours. 

"I actually loved the campus," 
Senior Day participant Skylar Dyer 
said. "It was really great. It was 
like a hometown feel. This was not 
my first choice, but the more I go 
around I really like it." 

"We have five in-state recruit- 
ers and one out-of-state recruiter; 
and they start traveling in August, 
so they are promoting [Senior Day] 



constantly," Hewitt said. 

The recruiters are a big part of 
the day-long event and are respon- 
sible for carrying out Senior Day, 
Hewitt said. The recruiters receive 
assistance from 20 freshman presi- 
dential ambassadors. 

"[Freshman ambassadors] help 
freshmen cross over from being 
a senior in high school to being 
a freshman in college," freshman 
presidential ambassador Terrence 
Williams said. 

The ambassadors are also part- 
ly responsible for the tours. 

"Our tasks were to show the 
high school seniors NSU," ambas- 
sador La Bria Earls said. "We gave 
them tours of the on-campus apart- 
ments and any questions they had, 
we were here to answer them." 





Photo by Kera Simon/Current Sauce 

After the organization fair in the Student Union a group of high school seniors discuss the events 
of senior day and look over their new information. 



Software 
keeps NSU 
on the 
'leading 
edge of 
technology' 

Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 



The university has commit- 
ted about $3.6 million to upgrade 
administrative software at NSU, 
according to Tom Hanson, Vice 
President of Academic Affairs and 
project director of this upgrade. 

"[This upgrade] will keep us 
moving forward," vice president of 
Academic Affairs Thomas Hanson 
said. 

The upgrade will move the 
university into what Hanson - who 
is the project director - called the 
"leading edge, not the bleeding 
edge of technology," which is when 
companies get cut up by new soft- 
ware in need of some tweaking. 

"It affects all of us," NSU presi- 
dent Randall Webb said. 

This upgrade is necessary to 
ensure the survival of the univer- 
sity's student records, financial aid 
accounts, housing records, online 
classes, human resources and grade 
calculations, Webb said. 

"Most important to me is that 
we continue to do what we've been 
doing," Webb said. 

SunGard, vendor of NSU's soft- 
ware, will stop carrying the univer- 
sity's current software system, SCT 
Plus, after 2010, and the university 
will not be able to support it after- 
ward. 

"This was something that had 
to be done," Hanson said. 
The $3.6 million was used to buy 
the SunGard Higher Education 
(HE) Banner software at a 75 per- 
cent discount. 

The normal operating budget 
and the academic enhancement 
budget are funding this upgrade. 
The operating budget is made up of 
student tuition, and the academic 
enhancement budget is funded by 
a Board of Regents' mandated stu- 
dent fee. 

This money can be reimbursed 
for these budges later if alternate 
budgets and funding for this proj- 
ect can be found. For now, however, 
the two budgets will feel a pinch. 
"It hurts," Hanson said. 

There will be ongoing expenses 
over the next five years, however, 
including new hardware, main- 
tenance and a new employee to 
handle the maintenance and imple- 
mentation. These expenses will 
bring the total to about $5.5 mil- 
lion. 

Implementing the software will 
take about three years, but Hanson 
said the school might move over to 
the new system by July 1, 2009. 
The $3.6 million has been com- 
mitted to this project, and the new 
software has been purchased; but 
the university is still awaiting ap- 
proval from a state official. 



Engineering fraternity donates $6,500 



Money will be used to create a new $ 125 per semester scholarship available to upper-level 

David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 



The Pi chapter of Iota Lambda 
Sigma has donated $6,500 to NSU's 
Department of Engineering Tech- 
nology. 

The donated money will go 
toward a $125 per semester schol- 
arship, head of the Department of 
Engineering Technology Thomas 



Hall said. 

Hall said the Department of 
Engineering Technology has not 
yet finalized all the details because 
the funds were recently donated 
from Iota Lambda Sigma and this 
is the first time the scholarship has 
been offered. 

"The department hopes to start 
applications this spring and reward 
the scholarship in the following 



fall," Hall said. 

Only one scholarship will be 
rewarded, and the criteria for re- 
ceiving the scholarship include 
maintaining a 3.0 grade point aver- 
age and completion of the first two 
years of the Department of Engi- 
neering Technology curriculum, 
according to Hall. 

Iota Lambda Sigma was once 
chartered at NSU. The fraternity 



served as an honors society for stu- 
dents studying the industrial arts 
but became inactive after the uni- 
versity changed its focus to other 
aspects of the engineering depart- 
ment, Hall said. 

Raymond Christensen, former 
engineering professor at NSU and 
sponsor of the local Iota Lambda 
Sigma, said the Pi chapter decided 
the extra funds would go to good 



engineering majors 

use with the Department of Engi- 
neering Technology. 

"The alumni in this chapter 
were all from that department and 
understand its importance," Chris- 
tensen said. 

Hall estimated the deadline for 
the scholarship application to be by 
the end of the following spring and 
said anyone interested in applying 
should contact him at 357-4359. 





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People pile in for pep rally 



Leigh Gentry- 
News Editor 

More than 300 students cel- 
ebrated the Demon football team 
during a pep rally on Friday at 
Turpin Stadium. 

"It was not only impressive to 



see the turn out Friday night, but 
it was awesome to see that our stu- 
dent body still has school spirit," se- 
nior business administration major 
Jonathan Hamlin said. 

Members of the Spirit of 
Northwestern band, the cheerlead- 
ing squad, Demon Dazzlers and the 



pom line attended the pep rally. 

Most of Greek Life was repre- 
sented as well. 

The majority of the football 
team was there, which surprised 
Hamlin, as the rally was held the 
night before a game. 

A few of the football players 




Photo by Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

Freshmen Connectors Tobin Johnson and Roderick Wilson look at their 
tickets to see if they won a chance to kick a field goal and win $25,000. 



spoke at the rally along with NSU 
athletic director Greg Burke. 

Comedian Steve Morgan end- 
ed the show. 

The students were given a 
chance to win $25,000 from Varsity 
Dodge by punting a football into 
the back of a truck; the student with 
the winning ticket had the chance 
to punt but did not win the prize. 

After the pep rally students 
were invited to line dance on the 
field to the beat of sophomore biol- 
ogy major Mark Daniel, the Kappa 
Kappa Psi deejay. 

"To all those who got down on 
the field to dance and enjoy them- 
selves - great that you took part - 
and for all those in the stands, I'll 
come up there next time to get you" 
said Hamlin, who shared master of 
ceremonies duties with *sopho- 
more Rebecca Eskew. 

"I think its really important 
for everybody to show their sup- 
port for not only the athletics but 
the school itself," senior liberal arts 
major Robin Williams said. "Show 
up to the pep rallies. Sing the fight 
song. Be excited. That's what we 
need." 

SGA, SAB and the Office of 
New Student Success put on the 
pep rally. 

The rally turned out great for 
being the first one since last se- 
mester but could have been bet- 
ter organized slightly to run more 
smoothly next time, Daniel said. 

The next pep rally will be held 
at the riverfront on Oct. 27 after 
the homecoming parade. 




Walter 

D-Arabi 



Rock concert held to raise funds for St. Jude's 



Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

A concert event called Jude 
Jams '07 is going to be held to spon- 
sor St. Jude Children's Research 
Hospital. 

Prather Coliseum will be rock- 
ing Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. to the sounds 
of Scrap Metal, a band made up of 
former members of Night Ranger, 
Nelson, Slaughter and Mr. Big. 

"I'm really excited about this 
because these are bands that were 
popular when I was a teenager," in- 
structor of language and communi- 
cation Amy Callahan said. 

St. Jude Children's Research 
Hospital is a health-care charity 



hospital dedicated to curing child- 
hood cancer. 

The parents of the children 
who are admitted don't have to pay 
for any treatment received, accord- 
ing to the organization's Web site, 
stjude.org. 

Gunnar Nelson and Mark 
Slaughter - of Nelson and Slaugh- 
ter, respectively - created the band 
and included in its roster Kelly 
Keagy of Night Ranger; Eric Martin 
of Mr. Big; and Matthew Nelson, 
also of Nelson. 

"The concert is important be- 
cause of what it's doing for St. Jude, 
but also because it's an opportunity 
to bring more bands and more mu- 
sic here," Callahan said. 



Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Eddy 
Money, KC and the Sunshine Band 
and Stroke 9 are 
a few of the art- 
ists who have 
played in the 
concert in the 
past, Callahan 
said. 

"It's re- 
ally important 
to have these 
kinds of events 
here and to 
have the stu- 
dents involved," 
Callahan said. 

Slaughter, 
NSU alumnus 



Demon battalion executive officer 
Maj. Alan Hardin helped create 
this event. 

"As we developed this 
concept, we decided ... that 
at the end of the event, we 
could take all the money 
that we raised and go up to 
Memphis and donate that 

money to St. Jude's at a 
national press conference" 
-Maj. Alan Hardin 



LaKimbria Williams 

Sauce Reporter 

The Student Activities Board 
has teamed up with a company 
called Swank to bring a monthly 
movie night to NSU. 

On the last Monday of each 
month, SAB will feature mov 
ies people might have missed in 
theaters and are not yet available 
in stores, such as "Rush Hours 3," 
"Hostel 2," and "Pirates of the Ca- 
ribbean, At World's End." Movies 
will be screened at 8 p.m. in the 
Friedman Student Union ballroom. 

A variety of candy bars and a 
selection of drinks are served along 
with the movies. 

After being given a list of mov- 
ies, SAB chose the most popular 
movies and movies to fit the sea- 
sons, president Nicky Morris said 
Two movies have already been! 
shown. 

"This was done to target the 
students who live on campus and 
the Greeks who were going through 
recruitment," Morris said. "The 
turnout wasn't' as great as we hadfori La< 
hoped. The second movie, though,^ ues j- q. 
had an awesome turnout." 

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Governor race: know your candidates 

A student's breakdown of the four major gubernatorial candidates as election approaches 




Current 
Louisiana 
state senator 



Salter Boasso 

]-Arabi 




Current Public 

Service 
Commissioner 



oster Campbell 

Bossier City 



Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 

We have a gubernatorial 
race this coming Saturday. Yet, 
Louisiana's Secretary of State Jay 
Dardenne said there are currently 
12 individuals running for the of- 
fice of governor, with only four ma- 
jor candidates that are above five 
percent in any of the polls being 
conducted across the state. 

Republican Bobby Jindal, U.S. 
Representative for the 1st congres- 
sional district in southeastern Lou- 
isiana, is the leader out of the four 
major candidates. 

Bobby Jindal is aiming to win 
on his second attempt for the gov- 
ernorship, which he lost the first 
time to Democrat Kathleen Babi- 
neaux Blanco. 

Bobby Jindal is against abor- 
tion, even when the life of the 
woman is in danger. Bobby Jindal 
supported a constitutional amend- 
ment banning flag burning, and has 



received an "A" rating from Gun 
Owners of America. 

Bobby Jindal has received the 
endorsement of the New Or- 
leans Times-Picayune and is also 
on the record of enthusiastically 
supporting the war in Iraq. 

Lifelong Democrat and self- 
described populist Foster Camp- 
bell, currently a public service 
commissioner from Bossier City 
and a former state senator for 
26 years and 4th out of the 
major announced candidates, 
is running his entire campaign 
on the proposal of ending the state 
income tax and replacing it with a 
six percent processing fee on all oil 
and natural gas that passes through 
the state. 

Campbell - who has been en- 
dorsed by the Louisiana chapter of 
the major labor union AFL-CIO - is 
hoping that he'll capture enough of 
the undecided vote and be the man 
to challenge Republican Bobby Jin- 
dal into a run-off in November. 




Republican turned Indepen- 
dent John Georges, a multi-million- 
aire and successful businessman 
from New Orleans 
who is tied for second 
place in the polls, is 
touting himself as the 
political outsider and 
a newcomer to state 
politics. 

Georges is talk- 
ing up a plan to 
reform public and 
private education 
in the Orleans Par- 
ish school system, along with re- 
forming and correcting our insur- 
ance crises, rebuilding our barrier 
islands in south Louisiana, improv- 
ing the environment while working 
with industries and continuing the 
tax cuts initiated under the leader- 
ship of Governor Blanco in attract- 
ing and keeping businesses in Loui- 
siana. 

Democrat turned Republican 
turned Democrat Walter Boasso of 



Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 



Chalmette is a current state senator 
from St. Bernard parish. 

Boasso - who is also a busi- 
nessman and tied with John Georg- 
es for second place in the polls - is 
most known for his state senate bill 
dubbed the "Boasso Bill," which 
gained national news coverage for 
proposed the elimination of the 
local levee boards of southeast- 
ern Louisiana and replacement by 
a professionally staffed board to 
prevent the levee failures that con- 
tributed to the horrific flooding of 
the New Orleans and surrounding 
areas. 

Walter Boasso, who has been 
endorsed by Shreveport mayor Ce- 
dric Glover, has tried to link bad 
publicity with Bobby Jindal, who 
missed more than 11 scheduled 
debates that have occurred in the 
state as of so far. 

Elections are coming up fast 
on our state, and we have a choice 
to make. 

Be informed and vote Oct. 20. 



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R-Kenner 



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iuest Columnist 

On Oct. 10, in the two-day cam- 
aign swing through New Hamp- 
hire, the Democratic front-runner 
Wary Rodham Clinton proposed a 
Ian that she calls "Connect Amer- 
f to expand broadband access to 
>ry corner of our country. 

Clinton's broadband plan 
nuld extend access to under- 
(rved communities and low in- 
line families through tax incen- 
res-private partnerships. She also 
uted the nation who invented the 
iternet is now ranked in No. 25 
high-speed access to it. Clinton 
inly believes that now we are in 
1st century information economy, 
leneed to invest in our informa- 
l bn infrastructure. 

Clinton also strongly believes 



that the Internet is the new neces- 
sity for economic development in 
the dawn of the age that we live 
in. She also mentioned that she 
wanted to strengthened science 
education and bring more women 
and minorities into math, science, 
and engineering fields, 
where they are under- 
represented. 

The current New 
York senator has been 
pushing the idea of cre- 
ating new jobs through 
innovation, especially 
by investing in scien- 
tific research and de- 
veloping clean-energy 
technologies. 

Clinton said that if elected she 
would invest in high-tech fields 
in order to sustain the high-tech 
jobs that are critical to economic 




Tori Ladd 

Guest Columnist 



prosperity and strengthening the 
middle class Stressing the fact that 
she is all for technology of any sort 
should be at the hands of every 
American. 

I love the idea that she wants 
everyone to have equal access to 
the Internet; but what hap- 
pens when it becomes gov- 
ernment owned? Does that 
mean that privacy is out of 
the door and the govern- 
ment is watching our every 
move? The proposal that 
Clinton is making has its 
pros and cons. 
Some people will abuse 
the right to the Internet 
and make it hard for the 
people who really need it; so what 
happens when it begins to be mis- 
used? 

Right now as I see it, the good 



and bad are neck and neck. On the 
bad side we have governmental 
abuse, because they could moni- 
tor what we do, when we do it and 
how we do it. Alone time on the net 
would be banished. 

On the better side of this pro- 
posal the Internet will be safer. The 
hackers and sex offenders will go 
from more than frequent to extinct 
because someone will be monitor- 
ing them. It will be very hard for 
people to still identities over the 
Internet. 

The sick people will be too 
scared to make a move for the risk 
of getting caught. For people who 
live in countryside areas they will 
be able to have high-speed Internet, 
which will benefit them tremen- 
dously. All in all I think Clinton has 
a great proposal and it would be a 
great asset to this country. 



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Attorney general Foti faces 
tough electoral competition 



Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

The Louisiana attorney general 
race is heating up to a boiling point 
that may find incumbent Charles 
Foti evaporating into thin air, ac- 
cording to poll commissioned by 
A.G. hopeful, Royal Alexander. 

The results show Foti leading 
James "Buddy" Caldwell and Alex- 
ander by less than two percent. 

Shreveport attorney Alexan- 
der is trailing in the race - with an 
estimated 20.4 percent of the vote 
- with a few strikes already against 
him. 

Strike No. 1, a fastball in the 
shape of a pending sexual harass- 
ment suit could be critical to the 
only Republican candidate in the 
race. The suit was filed in late Sep- 
tember by Elizabeth Scott, a former 
staff member of Rep. Rodney Alex- 
ander, R-Quitman. 

Scott alleges that Royal Alex- 
ander, the congressman's former 
chief of staff, engaged in a "course 
of misconduct" toward her, includ- 
ing comments and groping. 

The complaint was filed a day 
after Scott was demoted following 
a poor job performance evaluation, 
according to the Times-Picayune. 

Despite the questionable valid- 
ity of the complaint and traditional 
straight ticket voting by Louisiana 
Republicans, the pending suit could 
work against Alexander. 

Alexander, or "the kid," as 
he as called by opponent Buddy 
Caldwell, may have further crippled 
his chances by an e-mail he sent to 



Louisiana health care executives. 

Alexander told the executives 
that in exchange for his "precious 
time" to lobby for them in Wash- 
ington, they should contribute the 
maximum limit of $5,000 to his 
campaign. 

Alexander has been criticized 
by his opponents for his lack of le- 
gal experience and prior knowledge 
of explicit text messages from Mark 
Foley to a congressional page. 

Charles Foti, the incumbent at- 
torney general who was thought of 
at one time as too powerful to be 
touched, is now leading by only a 
hair with 22.3 per- 
cent. 

Foti suffered a 
barrage of attacks for 
his pitiable handling 
of the New Orleans 
Memorial Hospital 
deaths during Hur- 
ricane Katrina that 
left him in a state 
of recovery rivaling 
that of his hometown. 

The current attorney general 
immediately arrested a doctor 
and two nurses who were charged 
with second-degree murder for the 
deaths of patients in the Hurricane 
Katrina aftermath. 

The patients were terminally ill 
and were legally being administered 
large doses of morphine. No crime 
was committed, and Foti never had 
evidence proving otherwise. 

As Orleans Parish Criminal 
Sheriff, Foti paid nearly $10 mil- 
lion as the result of a class action 
suit filed against him for overseeing 




Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



illegal cavity searches performed 
on nearly 6,500 plaintiffs between 
April 1999 and May 2003. 

The suit forced Foti to trash an 
old policy under which all those ar- 
rested had to be strip searched, ac- 
cording to the Times Picayune. 
Foti is a media whore with a God 
complex whose disdain for the 
Constitution and our legal process 
may see him unfit for attorney gen- 
eral come Oct. 20. 

James "Buddy" Caldwell, a dis- 
trict attorney for 29 years, definite- 
ly has experience. What he lacks, 
however, is name recognition and 
appropriate funds for a 
successful campaign to 
reach undecided voter, 
who make up 36.8 per- 
cent of the vote. 

Caldwell - a long 
time critic of Foti - 
was under the gun 
after being accused by 
an auditor of spend- 
ing $1,500 of district 
attorney's office funds on personal 
items such as clothes and golfing 
equipment. 

Caldwell claims the problem in 
the 1997 audit was a mistake by his 
secretary, and that he personally 
brought it to the auditor's atten- 
tion. 

According to the poll, Caldwell 
is barely ahead of Alexander with 
20.5 percent. 

While it may not be clear who 
the right man for the job is, Loui- 
siana will never be able to turn the 
corner by electing incumbent poli- 
ticians like Charles Foti. 



I don't know where Chris 
Watts was awarded the divinity de- 
gree that permits him to style him- 
self "Reverend"— but I suppose it is 
some place similar to the institution 
which made Mr. Sanders "Colonel" 
Sanders. Be that as it may, the fact 
that a man claims to be a spokesman 
for the Almighty does not make him 
an authority on health care. What I 
read in Mr. Watts's column are the 
usual Republican slogans that one 
hears universally in Natchitoches 
and other right-wing time-warps- 
places so provincial, so drenched in 
fundamentalist nonsense that Dar- 
win's theory— the basis of modern 
biology— is still dismissed as "only a 
theory." Right. Give me that old- 
time snake-handling and keep your 
godless biology to yourselves! 

As for the horrible prospect of 
what he calls "socialized" medi- 
cine, I suppose Mr. Watts, like the 
Republicans, would prefer not to 
have medicare for folks over 65 and 
would prefer not to have Medicaid 
for poor kids, and would prefer not 
to have TOPS, or interstate high- 
ways or public libraries, or even 
state universities, since it is clear 
that the private sector can do all 
these things better. Like the Re- 
publicans, he is anxious to preserve 
the massive profits of the Insurance 
companies, so, like President Bush, 
he is opposed to enlarging the 
number of children eligible for the 
SCHIP programme. Watts is not 
interested in medical care; he is in- 
terested in corporate profits. That 
is what all Republicans are con- 
cerned about. AH this bosh about 
"socialized medicine" is pure mind- 
less twaddle. You children wouldn't 
know socialized anything; you can't 
even define the term. All you can 
do is sling mindless slogans about as 
though you were Bush or Cheney. I 
actually lived in Canada for fifteen 
years (1972-1987) and therefore 
was exposed to their dreadful, hor- 
rible, vicious system. I could actu- 
ally tell you about it in detail, if you 
were interested. I could tell you, for 
example, that the system is run by 
each province (that is the Canadian 
equivalent of a state), so Canadian 
medicine is about as "socialized" 
as the Louisiana State Employees 
Benefit system. 

But you don't want to cloud your 
absurd little ideologically- poisoned 
mind with facts or anyone's lived 
experience. You just want to spew 
ridiculous slogans. Maybe you will 
learn something, if you can try to 
become objective and make an ef- 
fort to get in touch with reality. On 
the other hand, it is more fun to lis- 
ten to people like Rush Limbaugh 
and all those raucous voices on the 
Fox Network and keep on repeat- 
ing outworn "conservative" slogans. 
Do you want to do intellectual work 



and form an intelligent opinion or 
sit on the couch with a beer and re- 
peat the nonsense of a David Vitter 
or some other degenerate? 

On the off-chance that you 
might really like to learn something 
about the topic you have pontifi- 
cated upon so irresponsibly, you 
might begin your education on the 
topic of health-care policy by look- 
ing at the Wikipedia article under 
"single-payer health care." There 
you will learn that in the U.S., we 
spent, in 2004 more per capita and 
as a percent of GDP than any other 
country, while we rank 22nd in in- 
fant mortality among the nations of 
the world, 46th in life expectancy, 
and 37th in health care system 
performance. In 2007 the Com- 
monwealth Fund of Health Care 
compared the U.S. with Germany, 
Britain, Australia, New Zealand 
and Canada in terms of health care 
systems. We ranked last on mea- 
sures of quality, access, efficiency, 
equity and outcomes. Also, while 
all the other nations I listed have 
universal systems— that is, everyone 
is covered, --in our country 47 mil- 
lion people, about 16 percent of the 
population have no access to health 
care. The veterans administration, 
Mr Watts, a model of good health 
care, is a single-payer system (what 
you call "socialized" medicine). The 
Republican lawmakers who voted 
with the President against the ex- 
pansion of SCHIP are also ben- 
eficiaries of government-financed 
health care. If you have known 
these facts, (facts, Mr Watts, not 
slogans) you might have had some 
thing to think about. And had you 
thought, you might have written a 
different article. One with some 
truth and substance. 

Yours sincerely, 
James A. Means 
Associate Professor, 
The Scholars' College 

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October 17, 200 





Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Five things we 
learned this 
weekend... 

By Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



1. It's not my daddy's college 
football. When he played, teams 
fell into a few small, exclusive cat- 
egories- the 
dynasties, the 
powerhouses, 
the good teams 
and all the rest 
(who really 
didn't matter). 
Oh yeah, and 
Notre Dame. 

Back then 
there was such thing as an up- 
set. Now it takes huge "stunners," 
as SI. corn's Stewart Mandel calls 
them, like Michigan-Appalachian 
State and USC-Stanford to stir up 
any real surprise. 

Now, a team can beat any other 
team on any given Saturday. Pow- 
erhouses are still powerhouses, but 
there are no dynasties - yes, USC 
included. Any team can be good in 
a given year depending on their ex- 
perience and their speed. 

This year is not a fluke; expect 
college football to be this way for a 
long time. 

2. There's a lot of resiliency in 
the NSU Demon football team. Af- 
ter falling 75-7 and 58-0 in consec- 
utive weeks, Scott Stoker's squad 
pulled out a win over Southeastern 
on Saturday. Drew Branch played 
downright heroic while leading 
a mistake-free offense in a 27-24 
comeback win over the nation's top 
turnover defense. 

3. The Demon soccer team 
is good, in case you didn't notice. 
They're 10-3-1 on the season. On 
Sunday, they beat Nicholls by scor- 
ing two goals in 10 minutes after 
the first 50 minutes of the match 
went scoreless. But what's more 
important is how disciplined this 
team is. 

Let's face it, college students 
go out and party, but head coach 
Jimmy Mitchell keeps his ladies in 
line. There is no one on the squad 
known for partying. They work 
hard on the field, in the classroom 
and more importantly are a high- 
class group. 

I would venture to say they are 
the most disciplined and hardwork- 
ing team on this campus. This will 
carry them far. Their hard work and 
discipline will pay off and hopefully 
carry them deep into the postsea- 
son. 

4. The presidents from the ma- 
jor Football Bowl Subdivision con- 
ferences could learn a thing or two 
from the Championship Subdivi- 
sion. 

Nobody ever argues about who 
the champion of the FCS or who 
should play in the championship. 
You know why - because champi- 
onships are proven on the field, not 
by polls and computers. 

And where do they get off 
saying that it would be a strain on 
athletes and a distraction from 
their studies? Because last time I 
checked, smaller colleges do it all 
the time. 

Do what's right for the GAME, 
not your pocketbook. 

5. So after last week's column 
about tradition, here's some more 
food from a discussion with Brian 
Seiler of NSU Athletic Marketing 
for the music department. 

A great way to build football 
tradition is through the band. If the 
Spirit of Northwestern would do a 
Saturday march through campus as 
they do at other schools and modify 
their pre-game routine to get fans 
involved. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore jour- 
nalism major. The views expressed do 
not necessarily represent those of the 
entire Sauce staff or those of the uni- 
versity. 



Demons stun Lions in comeback win 



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Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

Byron Lawrence rushed for 194 
yards and Sterling Endsley scored 
the winning touchdowns as the 
Demon football team engineered a 
stunning fourth-quarter comeback 
to down the Southeastern Lions 
27-24 at home Saturday. 

After a week where head coach 
Scott Stoker kept his quarterback 
situation close to the vest, quar- 
terback Drew Branch played four 
quarters of mistake-free football to 
lead the Demon offense. 

Branch, who was one of three 
NSU quarterbacks to go down 
with injuries last week, did just 
enough to keep his team in the 
game, including a touchdown pass 
to Quinten Goodie on the Demons' 
first touchdown drive. 

Stoker also kept his team's pre- 
game warm-ups hidden within the 
NSU Fieldhouse before kickoff to 
keep the SLU coaching staff guess- 
ing Saturday. 

The Demons, having three 
straight games on the road, re- 
bounded on their home turf by 
putting up an impressive offensive 
performance as the Purple Swarm 
defense shut down a prolific run- 
ning back. The NSU defense held 
highly touted running back Jay Lu- 
cas to 73 yards on 9 carries. 

"You've got to stop Jay Lucas," 
Stoker said. "He's a great player. I 
thought we did a great job contain- 
ing him. 

The Lions - who used the 
popular spread option - put up 305 
yards of total offense but only av- 
eraged 1.9 yards per rush against a 
staunch Demon defensive scheme. 
The Demons won the game on 




Photo by Gary Hardamon/NSU Media Servq 

Sophomore Gary Riggs (2) blocks a field goal in the first quarter against Southeastern Saturday. Riggs earned Louisiana Sportswriti 
Association defensive player of the week honors for his performance which also included ten tackles. 




the strength of their field position, 
which they controlled from start to 
finish. 

Stoker praised his team's effort 
on both sides of the ball and his star 
running back. 

"I thought we did a great job in 
third down situations, on both sides 
of the ball," Stoker said. "Byron's 
had a rough stretch, and I'm very 
proud of him. Both tailbacks were 
really rolling during the game." 
Lawrence gave all the credit for his 



career-high performance to his of- 
fensive line. 

"We were focused and moved 
the ball," Lawrence said. "We just 
followed the game plan. It's a great 
feeling, but I give all the credit to 
my offensive lineman and my re- 
ceivers. 

"We knew were going to have 
to run the ball [because of the quar- 
terback situation]." 

The Demons' game plan was 
altered after their top three quar- 



terbacks went down with injuries 
in a thrashing at Nicholls. 

The Demons won the game on 
field position generated by special 
teams plays and Southeastern pen- 
alties. 

Gary Riggs had a blocked field 
goal on the game's opening drive 
and added 10 tackles throughout 
the course of the game to earn the 
Louisiana Sportswriters Associa- 
tion's defensive player of the week 
honors. 



The Lions surrendered 12 pel 
alties for 98 yards in crucial situ _ 
tions to give NSU several seed \ 
chance opportunities. 

Lee Scott earned Southlai , 
Conference special teams pl^wn 
the week honors for drilling fia 
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Sophomore forward Chelsey Gibbs (14) of San Antonio, Texas 
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Sophomores Chelsey Gibbs 
and Kayce Schultz provided second 
half goals for NSU as the Demons 
overtake Nicholls State, 2-1, to win 
their third straight Southland Con- 
ference women's soccer contest on 
Sunday. 

NSU (10-3-1, 3-0-1 SLC) con- 
tinues its dominance over the Lady 
Colonels with a 17-0-1 series ad- 
vantage. The Demons have out- 
scored Nicholls 65-8 over that 18 
game span. 

Nicholls (1-13-1, 0-4 SLC) 
scored the first goal of the game 
in the 50th minute when Jessica 
Schwartz netted a shot from 30 
yards out. Alicia Gautreau passed 
the ball to Schwartz, who bent the 
ball just over NSU keeper Klohok- 
er's hands and into the top right 
corner of the net. 

The Demons responded quick- 
ly, tying the game with Gibbs' goal 
just less than five minutes later. 
Gibbs headed a cross by senior 
Natalie Waguespack to make the 
score 1-1. 

After another five minutes, 
Schultz put the Demons ahead with 
her sixth goal of the season. Senior 
Erin Hebert assisted the goal for 
her sixth assist, a team and confer- 
ence leading mark. Schultz put the 
ball in the net after Lady Colonel 
keeper Molly Mersereau came out 
to make a save on Schultz's first 



shot. 

"The fact that we didn't panic 
after they scored first says a lot 
about our team," NSU head coach 
Jimmy Mitchell said. "We knew it 
would be a battle if we didn't score 
early, and we responded when we 
were down 1-0." 

Waguespack proved vital for 
NSU this weekend, scoring one 
goal and adding two assists. She 
scored the Demons first goal on 
Friday night against Sam Houston 
and assisted the game winner in 
overtime. 

"She was frustrated after her 
performance last weekend, and we 
had a couple of talks with her this 
week," said Mitchell. "She respond- 
ed well and her energy picked up 
this weekend, allowing her to be a 
crucial part of our success." 

Sophomore Callie Hayes was 
added to the starting lineup. She 
has played in 12 games this season, 
starting her first two this weekend. 

"She started for us much of last 
year, but has come off the bench for 
us this season," Mitchell said. "Even 
though she has had some career 
starts, there was still some pres- 
sure on her by entering the starting 
lineup in the middle of the season, 
which she handled perfectly." 

The Demons go on the road 
for their next two games, both SLC 
match ups. On Oct. 19, NSU visits 
Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. and on 
Oct. 21 heads to Stephen F. Austin 
for a 2 p.m. contest. 



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The worn-out marimba was bought new in 1941 . SGA set aside a 
portion of student technology budget for new instruments. 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

The Student Government As- 
sociation was approved to spend 
a total of about $3.7 million on 
various objects around campus this 
semester, and more money is avail- 
able to student organizations and 
academic departments through 
grants. 

The $1.7 million student tech- 
nology budget was drawn up last 
July and then approved on Oct. 11, 
but nothing has been purchased 
yet. Ordering starts this week, stu- 
dent technology support specialist 
Jennifer Long said. 

The student technology budget 
was broken down to cover different 
areas around campus. 

About $360,000 of the money 
is being used towards lab develop- 
ment, which includes upgrades and 
new equipment for computer labs 
on all NSU campuses. The labs 
chosen to receive these upgrades 
were next in rotation, Long said. 

"Special initiatives" make up 
another category of the budget, and 
it is worth almost $1 million. This 
category includes wireless Internet 
in the Wellness, Recreation and 
Activity Center and new equip- 



ment for the biology, chemistry and 
physics departments as well as oth- 
ers, SGA President Shayne Creppel 
said. 

The special initiatives category 
also includes $200,000 worth of 
university grants, and applications 
are available for student organiza- 
tions, colleges and academic de- 
partments, according to the stu- 
dent technology budget. 

Operating costs covering items 
such as software and supplies for 
workstations and the resource 
center add up to almost $112,000, 
while maintenance costs make up 
$10,000 of the student technology 
budget. 

More than $800 is set aside for 
student laptops for the Alexandria 
campus, and more than $250,000 is 
to be used for personnel costs, such 
as lab assistants and coordinators. 

The other $2 million has been 
set aside for software and supplies 
for multimedia classrooms, new in- 
struments for the Spirit of North- 
western band, distance learning 
equipment and science technology 
equipment. 

The Student Technology Advi- 
sory Team (STAT) was responsible 
for allocating the funds for separate 
needs around campus; the team 



consists of seven NSU students, 
including one from the Leesville 
campus, two from Shreveport and 
four from Natchitoches. 

"We're taking what we had 
that's really good and making it 
better," said Creppel, who Is also 
the chairman of STAT. 

The funds came from a $3.2 
million surplus at NSU, which was 
the only university in Louisiana 
with a surplus this year, Long said. 

The Board of Supervisors in 
Baton Rouge felt the university had 
too much money set aside, and it 
was not fair to continue to charge 
students a fee until the surplus was 
reduced, Long said. 

The student fee had been set 
aside intentionally to reach the $2 
million mark so that interest would 
pay for any recurring fees on cam- 
pus, according to Long. 

These campus upgrades were 
done "to catch NSU up technologi- 
cally, so we can compete with big- 
ger schools," Creppel said. 

"[Creppel] should be proud 
of everything he spent money on," 
Long said. "People will use it for 
years." 

The changes and upgrades 
should be done by next semester, 
Long said. 



'Safety barrier' set up around Williamson 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 
Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

Williamson Hall was recently 
fenced off - along with part of the 
Bienvenu Hall parking lot - to be- 
gin a yearlong renovation project. 

"[The fence] is a safety barrier 
that protects the students and the 
contractors at the same time," di- 
rector of the physical plant Chris 
Sampite said. 

The fence encloses Williamson 
Hall on all sides and includes a sec- 
tion of the parking lot behind it as a 
staging area for construction. 

"On jobs this size, the superin- 
tendent and company has to have 
a job office on site. That's their of- 
fice area. ..that and material stor- 
age too," NSU facility engineer Jon 
Lentz said. 



The building and surrounding 
area is technically the contractor's 
wfiile uruder--constcuction contract, 
Lentz said. The fence is used for in- 
surance purposes for the safety of 
the students and university. 

"I understand why they have 
the fence up, but it is hard enough 
to get a parking spot," senior Eng- 
lish major Blade Marcantel said. 
"The fenced off area is annoying." 

"Unfortunately with this job, 
there is just no space available," 
Sampite said. 

The Department of Engineer- 
ing Technology and Department of 
Electronic Continuing Education 
(ECE) moved from Williamson 
Hall to Dodd Hall after the spring 
2007 semester. The Williamson 
Hall renovation was scheduled to 
begin in the middle of October, but 
received a 60-day delay because the 
state funds were not released to 
meet the initial project timeline. 



Engineering technology is 
scheduled to move back into Wil- 
liamson Hall for spring 2009, 
Sampite said. The ECE is likely to 
expand to the south wing of the 
first floor of Dodd Hall. 

Williamson Hall will be re- 
bricked, receive an expanded en- 
tryway, new roof and windows. 
New machines, built-in furniture 
and sidewalks will also be included 
in the project, Sampite said. 

The renovation was initially 
requested in 1990, but funding was 
pushed back because of priority 
fluctuation, Sampite said. 

The Williamson renovation has 
been a top priority since engineer- 
ing technology received its national 
accreditation in 2002, Lentz said. 

"That helps, when you get a 
program accredited," Lentz said. "It 
shows that this is a program that's 
doing well and there needs to be 
some focus put into it." 




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Williamson Hall and Bienvenu parking lot have been fenced off 
in preparation for Williamson renovation. 



All-night lab closed because of rowdy students 



Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU is no longer providing a 
24-hour computer lab accessible 
for all students despite an increas- 
ing number of online courses and 
dependence on the Internet for 
academic purposes. 

The Office of Student Technol- 
ogy discontinued the service last 
spring after students — returning 
from a night of partying — continu- 
ally disturbed patrons and workers 
in a lab in the Health and Human 
Performance building. 

"We were having an issue with 
people coming in from the bars and 
being disruptive," support special- 
ist of student technology Jennifer 
Long said. "[The computer lab] is 
supposed to remain quiet." 

The students entered the 
building looking to use the rest- 
room facilities adjacent to the lab. 
While there had been no serious 
incidents, preemptive measures 
needed to be taken, Long said. 

"We just felt it was going to 
present a problem," she said. 

The lab now closes at midnight 
and reopens at 6 a.m. on weekdays. 
Students often occupy the lab as 
soon as the doors open, Long said. 

The Human Health and Per- 
formance Lab - located between 



University Place and the Univer- 
sity Columns - became an around- 
the-clock workplace in 2005 and 
retained that status for two years 
before the change. 

Its busiest nights by far were 
Sundays, as students crammed for 
tests or scrambled to finish last- 
minute assignments. Yet, officials 
described the traffic on many nights 
as rather light, which also contrib- 
uted to the decision to cut hours. 

Long alluded to the possibility 
of extending the hours of at least 
one computer lab during midterms 
and finals but said students "would 
have to want that." 

The change is a departure from 
the Office of Student Technology's 
first-stated objective to "improve 
access to technology by students, 
faculty and staff at Northwestern 
State University." 

It remains in effect at a time 
when the University Police have 
applauded the new gates for en- 
hancing security, crediting them 
with making the NSU community 
"a better and safer place." 

But Watson Memorial Library 
also shortened its hours of opera- 
tion this semester due to unfavor- 
able conditions for its late-night 
employees. 

Last month, director of librar- 
ies Fleming Thomas said the gates 



closing at 10 p.m. had led to "un- 
savory characters" loitering around 
the library for the last hour it re- 
mained open. 

The gates — which were pur- 
chased with funds donated by an 
NSU alumnus and installed last 
year — require all vehicles to pass a 
manned checkpoint at the Caspari 
Street entrance when entering or 
exiting campus after hours. Vehi- 
cles without the proper hangtag are 
stopped and passengers are asked 
to show student identification. 

With the library computer 
lab turning its computers off at 
9:30 p.m., some students have had 
trouble finding a place to complete 
assignments. Students with laptops 

— which are also rented to students 
by the Office of Student Technology 

— can access a wireless connection 
virtually all over campus. 

Senior biology major David 
Greene was unaware of the new 
hours when he began a lab report 
on a recent evening in the Health 
and Human Performance Lab. He 
was counting on working late but 
was told to leave at midnight. 

"It was really frustrating be- 
cause I didn't know about it," he 
said. "If security is a reason, put up 
security cameras. There are some 
that need it." 

The 24-hour computer lab in 



Russell Hall — which has been re- 
stricted to use by business majors 

— has begun "restructuring" its 
policies because of upgraded tech- 
nology it is receiving from Student 
Technology Fees. Labs that receive 
these funds have to be made acces- 
sible to all students, Long said. 

But the situation at the lab in 
Russell Hall has been marked by 
confusion and dissonance at times. 
Faculty members could not say for 
sure Tuesday whether non-busi- 
ness majors could gain entry to the 
lab with their student IDs after the 
doors lock, or if they should even 
be allowed to. 

A sign on the interior door to 
the 24-hour lab reads, "Only NSU 
[College of Business] students and 
faculty are allowed to use the [com- 
puter information systems] labs." 

All students can log on to the 
computers, but business students 
have "priority," as the computers 
contain software needed for some 
projects. 

Only students enrolled in cer- 
tain business courses are allowed to 
print. 

Students early Tuesday morn- 
ing were propping the door open 
with markers to facilitate traffic 
and avoid bothering others. The 
lab — which has 12 workstations 

— was nearly full; the printer was 



out of order for everybody. 

Professor of computer infor- 
mation systems Walter Creighton 

- who has managed the lab since 
1989 - said some students not en- 
rolled in business courses might be 
gaining entry to the lab this semes- 
ter because a new technician had 
not yet programmed the door ac- 
cording to policy. 

But Creighton discouraged 
students from carelessly letting 
others in, calling it "something they 
shouldn't be allowed to do" and 
said a security camera should re- 
cord any such infractions. 

Officials have also been uneasy 
about the absence of workers over- 
seeing the lab late at night. 
"We have had some concerns about 
theft," Creighton said. 

The lab has been set aside for 
business students, in part because 
the College of Business has written 
its own grants for the equipment. 

One faculty member - who 
refused to speak for attribution but 
spoke passionately about the topic 

- said there has been tension be- 
tween the College of Business and 
officials who allocate the student 
technology fees, based in part on 
their comfortable financial status. 

New computers have been or- 
dered and should be installed by 
next semester, Creighton said. 





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NSU theatre parrfects local version of CATS i 



Richelle Stephens 

Sauce Reporter 

The theatre department's up- 
dated rendition of the classic musi- 
cal "Cats" wrapped up its three-day 
run Saturday in A.A. Fredericks 
Auditorium to large audience num- 
bers. 

Drawing scores of old and 
young alike, the production was 
presented as a reinvented and local- 
ized version of the beloved original. 
This is exactly what co-directors 
Barry Stoneking and Perry Morgan 
were hoping for. 

"We really wanted to make it 
accessible to today's younger au- 
dience as it was in the '80s," said 
Morgan, who directed the musical 
portion of the production. 

"None of us were interested in 



copying the original," Stoneking, 
who directed the choreography, 
said. 

Some of the changes evident in 
the NSU version included a change 
of scenery from the familiar junk- 
yard to a model of the cotton gin on 
Mill St. and the use of a traditional 
orchestra in place of the synthe- 
sized music typical of the original 
production. 

"I wanted to get away from 
that and come back to the sound 
of a traditional orchestra," Morgan 
said. 

Morgan not only incorporated 
traditional orchestral instruments 
into the pit but instruments such 
as electric guitars and basses and 
modern drums were added as well. 
The music wasn't without its sur- 
prises, however; this is evident 



most of all when Bustopher Jones 
(normally a portrait of Edward- 
ian gentlemanry in the musical) 
launches into a delightful hip-hop 
rendition of his song. 

Also gone were the familiar 
full-body leotards in favor of more 
colorful costumes that gave a bet- 
ter vision of the individual charac- 
ter. Many of the costumes were in- 
spired by various pop culture icons 
from the past 25 years, according 
to Stoneking. These included Mick 
Jagger, Cyndi Lauper and Courtney 
Love. 

"Cats" was the culmination of 
over four months of creative ex- 
change between the production 
team and approximately six weeks 
of intense rehearsal for the actors 
in the show. However, this was not 
the first choice for the department. 



"One of the things we knew 
we wanted to do this year was [to 
perform] a blockbuster," Stonek- 
ing said. "We aggressively sought 
the rights to "Chicago" but were 
denied. We thought about it a little 
bit and we decided that we could 
rework ["Cats"] and that it would 
be a good project for our students." 

The production reflects over 
three months of creative think- 
ing and approximately six weeks 
of intense physical rehearsals. The 
principal performers in the show 
were required to go to the WRAC 
in order to keep up their stamina in 
preparation for the physically de- 
manding dance sequences. 

"Choreographers are always 
worried about whether or not the 
dancers are going to be able to ex- 
ecute," Stoneking said. "Doing this 



much dancing and singing at the 
same time was a real challenge." 

The end result was a produc- 
tion that the co-directors feel is not 
only testament to the theatre pro- 
gram as a whole but also something 
that those involved feel proud to 
have put together. When it was an- 
nounced as the fall production, the 
students were very excited, accord- 
ing to Morgan. 

"They have ownership of this 
production instead of us merely 
recreating the way most people 
recreate "Cats'," Morgan said. 

Freshman theatre major Mau- 
reen Mizener feels that the success 
of this production is due in part to 
the devotion of the cast and crew. 

• "A show of this magnitude 
and the fact that we put it up in 
six weeks shows how devoted ev- 



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New horror film not worth $5.5 



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Tuesday's Homecoming Week theme was "Battle at Tortuga." Students engage in a friendly gladiator joust, one 
of the activities offered. Other activities included a bungee run, boxing and rock-wall climbing. 

Demons of the Caribbean set sail 



Jen Evans 

Sauce Reporter 

"Demons of the Caribbean" is 
the theme for Homecoming Week 
this year. 

Throughout the week, clues 
will be given out to students to lo- 
cate a missing black pearl. The stu- 
dent that locates the black pearl has 
an option of the following prizes: a 
Nintendo Wii, a Sony Cybershot 
digital camera or a $250 Wal-Mart 
gift card. 

Wednesday night's theme is 
"Demons Run the Plank." At 8:00 
p.m., organizations can showcase 
their talents by putting on skits for 
the student body at the Lip Sync. 

"It's so hilarious, it has to be my 



favorite event of the entire week," 
said general studies major Ashley 
Hayes. 

Students are encouraged to 
help raise money for the American 
Heart Association by participating 
at the service day event on Thurs- 
day, which will also allow students 
to contribute to funds to charities 
such as the Make- A- Wish founda- 
tion and Children's Miracle Net- 
work. 

Organizations will decorate 
pirate-themed floats for the parade 
on Friday, which will start at P rath- 
er Coliseum and end at the River 
Bank just in time for the movie of 
the night, "Pirates of the Carib- 
bean: At World's End," in Magale 
Recital Hall. 



The week will end with tail- 
gating on the Practice Field from 
12:00-2:00 p.m. before the home- 
coming game. 

Monday's events included a 
kickoff party held in the Friedman 
Student Union lobby. 

SAB offered airbrush tattoos 
and key chain photos to students. 
Sherman Desselle and the Enter- 
tainers provided music for the 
event. 

"Sherman Desselle and the En- 
tertainers is pretty much known as 
the official band for SAB," said SAB 
member Jessica Pitcher. "They are 
absolutely wonderful and couldn't 
be more fun!" 

Homecoming events will con- 
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Long defeats Townsend in senate race 



Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 

Republican Gerald Long de- 
feated Democratic State Represen- 
tative Taylor Townsend for the state 
senatorial district 31 by 2,873 votes 
Saturday, and it marks the decline 
of voters voting with intelligence in 
the face of chalked up "values" be- 
ing fed to voters by people such as 
Gerald Long. 

Long is one of those Republi- 
cans who has big, lofty ideals and 
plans for his style of what Louisi- 
ana - and furthermore the United 



States - should look and act like but lies and schools that teach and 



no idea as to how to 
achieve those "ideals 
and plans" besides 
spouting the name 
of our Holy Father 
around as if they're 
best buds. 

Even on Long's 
campaign Web site, 
the last thing listed 
on his values and 
priorities is that 
he believes "strong 
communities come 
from strong churches, 



Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 



solid fami- 



discipline our children with 
strong moral values." 

Strong communities come 
from not only from strong 
families and schools, but 
communities that have a 
strong job base and an edu- 
cated workforce, not just 
religious fanatics like Mr. 
Long. 

OK, first off, it's interest- 
ing that Long wants to leg- 
islate morality to the citizens 
of Louisiana while pushing 
conservative Christian values onto 



this district with forcing prayer, not 
just allowing it, but forcing it into 
the classroom. 

Topping off his "Christian val- 
ues" education plan is his support 
of taking evolution and natural se- 
lection - which to him is a yet-to- 
be-proven theory straight from the 
1800s - out of the current science 
curriculum and adding intelligent 
design in its place. Long thinks that 
adding this "science" to classrooms 
will somehow propel our students 
to the front of the nation, which 
would be one of those miracles 
Long is looking for in the near fu- 



ture. 

While I'm still harping on the 
"Christian values" of Long, let's 
look at what he tried to pull a week 
before his election. 

Long mailed out push cards 
claiming to be endorsed by the Na- 
tional Rifle Association until the 
NRA came out with a letter claim- 
ing this to be false. Way to be truth- 
ful and taking the truths of Christ 
to heart Mr. Long. 

What else did you lie or stretch 
the truth on? 

I know values matter in elec- 
tions and having honorable and 



knowledgeable leaders in Baton 
Rouge is something we as citizens 
of Louisiana are not used to, but we 
had the chance to send someone 
like that with Townsend this past 
Saturday. We chose the opposite. 

We decided to send someone 
who - during a televised debate 
with his opponent - started preach- 
ing and not debating the issues. 
This man was the wrong choice for 
our district. 

We sent him to represent our 
district in the L.A. Senate, and we'll 
have to live with that decision for 
the next four years, unfortunately. 



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Campus safer with guns 



Miller Daniel 

Sports hditor 

Dennis Miller once used the 
analogy "guns kill people like 
spoons made Rosie O'Donnell's 
fat." 

In other words, people are nat- 
urally violent, just like Rosie is nat- 
urally gluttonous. This argument 
has led to "empty holster rallies" 
this week to petition for the right 
to carry concealed firearms on col- 
lege campuses around the country. 

The movement organized by 
the Students for Con- 
cealed Carry on Campus 
(SCCC) is in response to 
the Virginia Tech massa- 
cre last spring. The orga- 
nization wants licensed 
firearm carriers to have 
the right to carry their 
firearms on campus. 
1 SCCC claims that 
most of the gun massacres that 
have occurred in the last 20 years 
have occurred in "gun free zones" 
- schools mostly. 

"Labeling an area 'gun free' 
may make some people feel safer, 
but as the shootings at Virginia 
Tech taught us, feeling safe and 
being safe are not the same thing," 
SCCC said in a news release. 




Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



So students will wear empty 
holsters this week to peacefully 
show their support for a change. 

As a reader, you're probably 
thinking, "so the SCCC would like 
whoever wants to carry a concealed 
weapon on campus to be able to 
carry it, right?" 

Wrong. 

A concealed firearm license 
requires extensive background 
checks, strenuous safety courses 
and a lot of trouble just to apply. 
People with criminal records can- 
not obtain a license. In the state 
of Louisiana, people with 
a history of mental illness 
cannot purchase firearms. 
It's definitely not easy. 

The SCCC's point is gun- 
free zones are the best place 
for a massacre. The people 
at Virginia Tech were totally 
defenseless against a crazed 
madman with a history of 
mental illness. Cho Seung-Hui 
wasn't concerned with following 
the rules. 

Prohibiting guns on campus is 
like prohibiting drugs in this coun- 
try. People still do it - they'll still 
find a way to get it if they want it 
- so why should my right to protect 
myself if I have a lawful permit be 
revoked because I'm on campus? 



A handgun license owner can 
go to most public places without 
hassle. A responsible handgun 
owner knows that if a problem aris- 
es, he or she may be able to defend 
himself and possibly save others. 
Licensed owners are rarely impul- 
sive enough to use it in a situation 
where not appropriate. 

Some people are worried 
about gun violence increasing from 
this. Let's get one thing straight 
- licensed owners don't cause gun 
violence. Criminals who carry con- 
cealed weapons without licenses 
are the ones who cause the prob- 
lems. 

Imagine what would have hap- 
pened if Cho Seung-Hui had en- 
tered those buildings at Virginia 
Tech and not been preying on de- 
fenseless students. 

What if a bystander with a 
concealed firearm license was able 
to fight back? 

Would all 32 people have lost 
their lives that day? 

The answer is no. 

Students would not be defense- 
less and would have the capability 
to defend themselves. Homicidal 
maniacs prey on the defenseless, 
and every day, students are more 
defenseless than most other Amer- 
icans. 



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Reporter 

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Mr. Internet wins the 
Nobel Peace Prize 

Gore exploits climate change 



Alex Michael 

Guest Columnist 

The Earth is getting warmer, 
and if it gets too warm, the ice caps 
will melt at an accelerated rate. 

There you go. I just summed 
up the theory of global warming for 
you. 

Yet, if you hear that same state- 
ment come from an ex- politicians 
mouth with a sprinkle of an over- 
dramatic following of supporters 
and a stupid movie - one which I 
refuse to watch - then you've got 
a recipe for the 2007 Nobel Peace 
Prize winner. 

Al Gore - most commonly 
known for "inventing the Inter- 
net" and losing the 
2000 presidential elec- 
tion - has shifted his 
focus from boosting 
America's economy to 
boosting America's re- 
cycling. 

The environmen- 
tally conscious former 
vice president put his 
"climate crisis" move- 
ment into full effect 
with the release of his 
2006 documentary, 
"An Inconvenient Truth." Now a 
year after his award-winning film 
was released, he's back to claim 
another piece of undeserved hard- 
ware. 

Look, I'm in no way shape or 
form denying the possibility of cli- 
mate change. The Earth has gone 
through several occurrences of gen- 




Alex Michael 

Guest Columnist 



eral heating and cooling through- 
out its lengthy existence. 

Ever heard of the Ice Age? 
In case some of you don't know, 
that's when the Earth was largely 
covered with ice. 

Where's all that ice now? 
It melted, due to a change in the 
Earth's temperature. 

Our planet has gone through 
numerous climate changes and will 
continue to do so. 

Claiming that global warming 
- which Gore largely attributes to 
the faults of humans - is going to 
destroy our planet is, for lack of a 
better term, idiotic. 

Honestly, I don't see how a 
man with a degree in government 
from Harvard can lecture 
the masses on scientific 
matters. 

Al Gore is a brilliant man, 
but I'm sure there are more 
people out there whose sci- 
entific opinion holds a little 
more weight, like actual sci- 
entists? 
Why don't scientists 
who've studied and ana- 
lyzed climate change for 
decades receive the admi- 
ration Al Gore receives, let 
alone the Nobel Peace Prize? 

To be honest, I'm sick and 
tired of seeing Al Gore, actors and 
alarmist rock bands like U2 lecture 
me on scientific matters. 

I'd be willing to make Bill Clin- 
ton's apprentice a deal though. 

When Mr. Gore gets a degree 
in science, I'll watch his movie. 



Question of the week 



Do you think the campus 
would be safer if 
students with permits 
were allowed to carry 
concealed firearms? 




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Asses and Elephants 

Different points of view on the subject of Iran 



Paul Shelton 

KNWD Host 

President Bush believes if Iran 
develops nuclear weapons it will 
likely lead to WWIII. He argues 
that since the Iranian president has 
said he wishes for the destruction 
of Israel, a country we "created" 
about 50 years ago, Iran with nukes 
would be a threat to world peace. 
Bush has pushed for more U.N. 
sanctions against Iran in an effort 
to solve this "issue" through "diplo- 
macy." 

While there are a lot of issues 
Bush needs to take care of between 
now and the time he retires to his 
ranch in 2009 when the new presi- 
dent is sworn in, Iran is not one of 
them. 

Until they start showing signs 
that they are trying to obtain the 
information to develop nuclear 
weapons, let's not accuse them of 
doing so. 

Focus on bigger problems, 
such as Iraq, the S-CHIP situation, 
and all the other "issues" you called 
Congress out on last week. 




Paul Shelton 

KNWD Host 



"Asses and Elephants" is a political 
talk show that airs Thursdays from 
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on KNWD. 



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Tim Gattie 

KNWD Host 

While saying Iran gaining 
nukes is likely to lead to WWIII 
may be slightly hyperbolic, it is a 
strong possibility. 

The Middle East is already a 
hot bed of instability and age-old 
hatreds. Throw in one country with 
nuclear weapons and you have a se- 
rious threat to the region. If China, 
Pakistan and India get involved, 
Russia and Japan are sure to fol- 
low. Personally, I'd like to see Israel 
bomb the place. Then all they have 
to do is say, "Sorry, here's some 
cash. Oh, and stop trying to get 
your hands on nuclear technology." 

Iran doesn't get nukes; the 
Arab world starts shouting death to 
Israel (what else is new); the EU and 
UN pass some useless non-binding 
resolution condemning the action; 
the liberals start complaining about 
how unfair it all is; the extrem- 
ists come up with at least a dozen 
conspiracy theories that somehow 
include Nixon, Hitler, and space 
aliens; and everyone is happy. 




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Call 




ports 



Miller Daniel 
Sports Editor 
mdaniel001@student.nsula.edu 
October 24, 2007 





Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Clearing the 
air... 

By Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



I'd like to clear up a couple of 
things. 

At the end of last week's col- 
umn, I mentioned a conversation 
with Brian 
Seiler and went 
on to explain 
my views on 
how the band 
could help 
build more tra- 
dition at NSU. 

First off, 
the opinion 
was mine, not Seiler's. 

He and I were simply discuss- 
ing my column from two weeks ago 
where I talked about NSU building 
traditions. But nowhere in my men- 
tion of what the band could do did 
I insinuate those were his opinions. 
They were mine. 

Secondly, I meant no disre- 
spect to the Spirit of Northwestern 
Marching Band. 

I've grown up around college 
football, and I know that the SON 
is top notch, especially for a Foot- 
ball Championship Subdivision. 

The SON is definitely a first 
class act here at NSU, and we 
should all be glad to have them. 
It is a credit to the university and 
the music department for the out- 
standing work they've done. 

My opinion is not based on the 
performance of the band. 

The band, however, could do 
so much more to involve the stu- 
dent body at football games. If we 
graded the band on their perfor- 
mance through a course of the 
game, they'd get an A+. 

Yet, fans don't come to football 
games for the band - they come to 
see football games. 

A band has to be a rallying 
cry, something that will get the 
fans behind the players. By play- 
ing set songs for certain points in 
the game - forcing a punt, getting 
a first down, scoring a touchdown, 
etc. - it gets the fans involved and 
makes them want to cheer. Band- 
led cheers are great for getting fans 
involved. 

Also, a pregame march through 
campus would help a lot. When 
there's more to do before a game 
besides sipping on your cocktail, 
then that helps build a tailgating 
culture. Tailgating cultures mean 
more fans in the stands. 

The SON marching through 
campus and giving a performance 
in front of the main tailgating area 
- that the athletic department is 
trying to set up now - would give 
fans something to watch and look 
forward to. It would be something 
fun to have before a game. 

I've said it before and I'll say 
it again - traditions make college 
football great. The SON could be 
an integral part in building those 
here at NSU. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore 
journalism major. The views ex- 
pressed do not necessarily represent 
those of the entire Sauce staff or 
those of the university. 



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Varsity women and their coach with their trophy for winning the women's eight race. (L-R) Laura Holland, Maryellen Dickey, Sadie 
Wintersteen, Lori Guy, Molly Mclnnis, Ariel Lowcock, Emily Grimmett, Danielle Champagne, Jessica Craig, head coach Alan Pasch. 

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Crew facts: 



Typical regattas are 
grouped by skill level 
and age group. 
Boats, also called 
shells, hold one, two, 
four or eight row- 
ers, some including a 
coxswain - the team 
member responsible 
for steering the shell 
and motivating the 
rowers. 

Shells holding eight 
rowers and a coxswain, 
generally referred to as 
an "eight " are typi- 
cally less than two feet 
wide, 60 feet long and 
weigh more than 200 
pounds. 




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The NSU rowing team started 
the season with a bang this week- 
end, walking away with a fistful of 
gold medals and two first- place tro- 
phies at the Head of the Tennessee 
Regatta in Knoxville, Tenn. 

The varsity women's crew took 
first place in both the women's 
fours and women's eights races 
with times of 19:46.75 and 19:17.72 
respectively. 



NSU beat out Virginia Tech by 
more than 20 seconds in the wom- 
en's eights division during the 5,000 
meter race. 

In the women's fours, NSU 
left the University of Tennessee at 
Chattanooga literally in its wake, 
finishing the race almost two min- 
utes ahead in a sport where first 
place is won by lOths of a second. 

"I had high hopes, but I didn't 
want us to get full of ourselves," var- 
sity coxswain Laura Holland said. "I 
knew they wanted it bad, especially 



the senior girls." 

In addition to the first place 
win by the women's A four, the 
NSU women's B squad placed third 
in the fours category, with a time of 
21:05.77, narrowly missing second 
place by 1.73 seconds. 

Varsity men also had an excit- 
ing weekend, taking fourth in the 
men's lightweight fours, finishing 
with a time of 19:14.53, just behind 
Auburn University, University of 
Texas and Virginia Tech. NSU's 
men also placed fifth in the men's 



eights race with a time of 18:53.14. 
While the regatta celebrated its 
32nd anniversary, it was the first 
race for NSU's men's and women's 
novice boats. In the novice men's 
fours race, NSU earned a respect- 
able sixth place and also ranked 
eighth in the novice men's eights. 

The novice men also took sec- 
ond in the men's open pair division. 
Women's novice boats also pre- 
miered placing sixth in the novice 
women's fours and a seventh in the 
Novice Women's Eights. 




Coach Alan Pasch recognized 
the women's team potential at this 
weekend's event, Holland said. 

"[He] told us we had the poten- 
tial to get gold, but it wasn't going 
to be easy," Holland said. 

The next event NSU will com 
pete in will be the Louisiana state WWW.tru 
championship, or "states," as Loui- j c 
siana crews calls them. As the 
reigning state champion, NSU willWant to 1 
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Oklahoma transfer Rhett 
Bomar, renowned for his passing 
accuracy in his first season in the 
Southland Conference, used his 
legs to lead Sam Houston State to 
a 42-20 homecoming football win 
over Northwestern State on Satur- 
day. 

Bomar ran for three touch- 
downs, starting with a 59-yarder in 
the Bearkats' first-half blast to a 28- 
7 lead, then blunted a rally by the 
Demons with scoring runs of 17 
and 1 yard to salt away the victory. 
It was the first in five games by Sam 
Houston (3-4 overall, 1-2 in the 
SLC) while the Demons (3-4, 2-2) 
remained winless on the road and 
unbeaten at home this year. 

The Bearkats ran for 301 yards 
and totaled 526 yards, doing most 
of the damage while opening a 28- 
13 halftime advantage. Sam Hous- 
ton had 246 yards on the ground by 
then. 

"Give their coaches and players 
credit. They schemed us up in the 
run game and they executed the 
calls," said head coach Scott Stoker. 
"Our first job, no matter who we 
play, is to stop the run and make 
the other team one-dimensional. 
When they have a quarterback like 
Bomar, that's doubly important. We 
knew he could run, but we didn't 
expect to have so much trouble 
stopping the other guys." 

Bomar netted 83 yards rushing 
and added 225 passing on 13 of 23, 
with several drops. Tailback Chris 
Poullard gained 186 yards rushing 
on 20 carries, with touchdowns of 
61 and 6 yards. 

Still, the Demons nearly over- 
came the deficit midway through 
the game, scoring on three straight 
series sandwiched around halftime. 
They settled for two short Robert 
Weeks field goals (34, 29 yards) be- 
fore the half, and then drew 28-20 
early after halftime after Bomar's 



second turnover of the day. 

But the Bearkats' sophomore 
engineered a nine-play, 80-yard 
drive, capping it with his 17-yard 
touchdown, to reopen a 15-point 
lead and swing the momentum 
away from Northwestern. "That 
was huge," said Stoker. "We're back 
in it, and we can't make the stop 
there. We still had a lot of time left 
but we were so inconsistent offen- 
sively with our execution that we 
couldn't sustain it. 

"We missed snap counts, we 
got way too many penalties (13- 
105), and we just looked like a 
young, immature team playing on 
the road again," he said. "It's hard 
to sustain drives for six, seven or 
eight plays making the mistakes we 
made. " 

Bomar's first pass was a good 
one for the Demons. Junior line- 
backer Blake Delcambre dropped 
into the left flat and picked it off, 
dashing 15 yards for a quick touch- 
down and a 7-0 Demons lead just 
over three minutes in. 

Sam Houston's second snap 
went on the scoreboard, too - for 
the home team. Poullard took a 
sweep right and sliced up the De- 
mons' sideline, outrunning pursuit 
for a 61-yard touchdown to tie the 
game. 

The Bearkats moved on top 
after their next series, marching 
77 yards in nine plays and getting a 
6-yard TD run by Poullard. North- 
western seemed ready to rally, 
moving inside the SHSU 20, but 
the drive stalled and Robert Weeks' 
42-yard field goal was partially 
blocked. 

Long runs vaulted Sam Hous- 
ton on top 28-7. Poullard already 
posted 158 yards rushing by half- 
time, and Bomar raced 59 yards for 
the fourth touchdown. 

The Demons will face Texas 
State for homecoming on Saturday 
at 2:00 p.m. before traveling to Ole 
Miss for the first weekend of No- 
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Scrap Metal performs at Jude Jams 07 Thursday in Prather Coli- 
seum. Proceeds benefitted St. Jude's children hospital. 

Coliseum rocks for 
first time in 1 8 years 



Jasmine Shafer 

Sauce Reporter 

Truejams Charity Inc. and Tau 
Kappa Epsilon Fraternity came to- 
gether Thursday for a benefit con- 
cert for St. Jude Children's Research 
Hospital. 

Jude Jams '07 featured the 
band Scrap Metal and was held in 
Prather Coliseum. 

"Jude Jams is a charity concert 
aimed to find a cure for cancer and 
promote Northwestern State in the 
city of Natchitoches," president of 
Tau Kappa Epsilon, Cole Gevry, 
said. 

NSU alumnus and Tau Kap- 
pa Epsilon member Randy Ryder 
founded Truejams Charity Inc. 

After he saw the devastation 
of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and 
how it affected the children and 
families in the Gulf Coast region, 
he decided something had to be 
done. 

"Got together with these rock 
stars and said 'I want to do some- 
thing for my home state,'" Ryder 
said. 

The featured rock group, Scrap 
Metal, consists of rock stars from 
the past, Kelly Keagy of Night 
Ranger, Gunnar and Matthew Nel- 
son of Nelson and Mark Slaughter 
of Slaughter. 

Ryder and the Truejams 
Charity also saw how the children 
at St.. Jude's were affected by the 
hurricanes. 

He learned that St. Jude picked 
up some children from New Or- 
leans after Hurricane Katrina and 



brought them to Baton Rouge. 

Once he and board member 
Mark Slaughter got together, they 
knew that putting on a rock con- 
cert would help. 

Ryder came to the TKE Epsilon 
Upsilon chapter adviser Alan Har- 
din and spoke with him about do- 
ing the concert on NSU's campus. 

He wanted to see if he could 
make it an annual event. 

"Could have brought it to LA., 
but we decided this is where we 
wanted to start it," Ryder said. 

The brothers of TKE did their 
part by promoting the concert by 
posting flyers and doing radio pro- 
motions within Natchitoches and 
other towns in Louisiana, "putting 
it out there for others to see," Gevry 
said. 

As the concert began, Ryder 
was on stage with his "security" on 
both sides of him as he introduced 
the band. 

Once the band came out, the 
crowd, both sitting and standing, 
got excited. 

Mark Slaughter walked through 
the crowd, Ryder got on stage with 
the band and played the guitar, and 
Gunnar Nelson and Kelly Keagy 
even took turns playing the guitar 
and the drums. 

Once the group finished their 
performance and walked off stage, 
the crowd asked for an encore. 
They came out one last time and 
sang a couple songs, and the audi- 
ence was very much pleased. 

It had been 18 years since 
Prather Coliseum was alive with 
the sounds of rock and roll. 



Hodges Gardens to improve 
biological science education 



Bobbie Hayes 

Staff Reporter 

Hodges Gardens State Park 
and NSU have established a part- 
nership that will allow NSU to use 
the park's natural resources for 
educational purposes in hopes of 
increasing interest in biological sci- 
ence. 

"I envision this as one big 
classroom for Northwestern," Dean 
of the School of Science and Tech- 
nology Austin Temple said. 

A.J. Hodges State Park is "a 
wealth of fauna and geological 
structures" and provides a great op- 
portunity for field studies, because 
some portions of the Gardens have 
been protected and therefore left 
completely as nature intended, 
Temple said. 

The park will serve as a site for 
scientific field studies for not only 
NSU students and faculty. Students 
from nearby schools can also do 
studies to go along with their regu- 
lar classroom studies. This educa- 
tion program will supply hands-on 



experiences for students from an 
early age. 

"This partnership will hope- 
fully get young people involved 
in science and get them enthused 
over biological science, so that 
when they come to college, they 
will choose to continue down that 
road," director of biological field ex- 
periences at NSU John Byrd said. 

"The primary goal is to help 
bring students into the sciences 
and keep them here." 

In April 2007, Hodges Gardens 
was donated to the State and De- 
partment of Culture, Recreation 
and Tourism, according to the 
park's official Web site, Toledo- 
Bend, com/hodges-gardens. 

"When the state took over the 
Gardens, they had not been kept 
up to the standard that the founder 
had intended," Temple said. "They 
are having to do some work on 
them." 

NSU is planning to have green- 
houses, an indoor lab and the natu- 
ral outdoor environment for stu- 
dents to study on-site at Hodges 



Gardens. 

Students should be visiting the 
Gardens as early as next semester 
depending on how quickly the state 
park service completes its own re- 
pairs. 

Once the park is ready, NSU 
will be able to coordinate trips for 
classes or special interest groups 
on the weekends. 

"We should even be able to 
provide some transportation so 
that students will not have to pay 
out of pocket," Temple said. 

The Gardens may also provide 
an internship program for biology, 
ecotourism and possibly recre- 
ational activity students, Temple 
estimated. 

"This is an exciting opportu- 
nity, because while we read about 
DNA or people trying to cure can- 
cer, that all starts with basic biol- 
ogy," Byrd said. 

Hodges Gardens and NSU 
planned this partnership to impact 
students' overall interest in the 
sciences and hold that attention 
throughout their academic career. 



Watson Library collection draws 
attention of foreign professors 



David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 

Two German professors, Men- 
so Folkerts and Andreas Kuhn, re- 
cently visited Watson Memorial Li- 
brary in September to research the 
life of the famous mathematician, 
Carl Friedrich Gauss. 

Folkerts and Kuhn - who both 
teach at the University of Munich 
- made the trip to stayed for a 
week in Natchitoches while they 
pored of a collection of Gauss let- 
ters and biographies, head archivist 
and university records officer Mary 
Linn Wernet said. G. Waldo Dun- 
nington, a retired NSU German 
teacher, donated the materials 

The collection is one of the 
largest in the library's research 
center and is made up of letters de- 
scribing his social, professional and 
personal life, Wernet said. 

The two professors have be- 



gun to collaborate their research 
in order take advantage of a "new 
method of sharing information" 
concerning Carl Friedrich Gauss's 
work by way of databases, Wernet 
said. 

Folkerts found NSU's collec- 
tion of Dunnington's work through 
the Internet and visited the library 
three years ago but quickly realized 
the collection would require more 
than three days to adequately re- 
search every detail. 

As a result, Folkerts made the 
decision to return with help to 
Natchitoches in order to continue 
studying Dunnington's collection, 
Wernet said. 

"The research center was 
pleased to have [Folkerts and 
Kuhn] visit, because we are here to 
provide a service not only to NSU 
students but anyone seeking our 
assistance," Wernet said. 

While researching at the li- 



brary, the two professors worked 
diligently every day by going 
through each individual folder, tak- 
ing only 20 minutes for lunch. 

Folkerts and Kuhn required 
little attention from the research 
center staff, only needing an "occa- 
sional check-up for assistance with 
making copies." 

"The two professors had dif- 
ficulty interpreting English slang, 
which caused a little confusion," 
Wernet said. 

During this research trip, Folk- 
erts and Kuhn examined about half 
of Dunnington's collection. 

The two professors plan to re- 
turn to the library in 2008 so they 
can complete their study of the col- 
lection. 

Wernet said she believes the 
two professor's desire to return is 
evidence that, not only nationally, 
but also internationally, "people 
understand what NSU has to offer." 



Physics teacher writes new 'wave' book 



David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU associate professor of 
chemistry and physics Andrei Ludu 
released his first book, "Nonlinear 
Waves and Soliton Contours and 
Closed Surfaces," in September. 

Ludu based the book upon his 
research concerning the theory of a 
soliton and the behavior of waves. 

The research can be applied 
to numerous branches of science, 
including biology, nuclear physics 
and atomic physics, Ludu said. 

While at a convention, he no- 
ticed another scientist had includ- 
ed and cited Ludu's research in a 
book, which Ludu was pleasantly 



surprised to see. 

As a result, 
Chris Caron - his 
future editor - 
persuaded Ludu 
to write his own 
book. 

Originally, 
Ludu's book was 
contracted for only 
200 pages; how- 
ever, after collabo- 
rating with about 
10 other scientists 
at a convention in 
April 2007, Ludu 
ultimately wrote 
more than 400 



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Associate Professor of 
Chemistry and Physics 



Ludu found the 
writing process 
to be "extremely 
painful." 

Caron initially es- 
timated the book's 
completion to fall 
within a year, but 
Ludu required an 
additional year to 
complete his writ- 
ing. 

The book is di- 
vided into three 
sections. 

The first section 
serves as a sum- 



pages, though he could have writ- mary and introduction to nonlinear 



waves; the second section describes 
Ludu's research and contribution; 
and the third section explains the 
research of other scientists who 
have followed in Ludu's footsteps, 
Ludu said. 

The book also incorporates a 
model summarizing and mapping 
out the content so the readers can 
easily find what they are looking for 
without having to read about any 
undesired subjects, Ludu said. 

Although the book is "very ad- 
vanced," it can be used by students 
at NSU for higher-level classes, 
Ludu said. 

In fact, some of the experi- 
ments in the book are tested in up- 
per-level science classes at NSU. 



Because the book entered the 
market so recently, it will be diffi- 
cult to purchase, but students are 
allowed to cite his research from 
the book. 

Ludu also plans to offer a class 
based on his book. 

After taking a sabbatical, Ludu 
plans to continue his research on 
waves in Europe. 

While there, Ludu would like 
to visit the largest possible library 
and to collaborate with more scien- 
tists. 

Ludu has already begun writ- 
ing a second book, and he plans to 
speak with other publishers soon 
about having it published within 
the next two years. 



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Former WWII Army Air Corps pilot 
awarded for honorable service 



Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

Lloyd A. Ponder, a retired 
teacher and World War II veteran, 
received the first-ever Norman 
Taylor Dowty Award for Heroism, 
Patriotism and Distinguished Ser- 
vice to the Country. 

NSU President Randall Webb 
and members of the Dowty family 
presented Ponder with the award, 
which the family established last 
year. 

Dowty - a Navy pilot and NSU 
alumnus - received the Navy Cross 
and the Air Medal with Gold Star 
for his heroic, commendable ser- 
vice in World War II. 



Ponder was a member of an 
Army Air Corps' dive bomber 
squadron during World War II. 

His squadron was sent to the 
Philippine Islands in 1942 when 
ships delivering planes to the 
squadron were stopped by Japanese 
blockades in the Pacific. 

"I was an airplane mechanic in 
the Philippines and was caught over 
there when the war opened; and I 
wound up standing three years and 
four months as a prisoner of the 
Japanese," Ponder said. 

Ponder and other units were 
reassigned to infantry. 

Ponder fought at Bataan and 
Corregidor in unsuccessful battles 
to keep the Japanese from captur- 



ing the Philippines. When Bataan 
and Corregidor fell, Ponder was 
among thousands of Americans 
captured and sent to prisoner-of- 
war camp. 

Ponder barely missed the brutal 
and infamous Bataan Death March. 
But he was captured when the Japa- 
nese took the island of Corregidor 
and he served for three years and 
four months in a POW camp. 

"I missed the death march by 
virtue of escaping to Corregidor, 
where I was attached to the Marines 
for six defensives," Ponder said. 

Ponder suffered from ma- 
laria and other illnesses through- 
out his captivity and was often near 
death. 



Each prisoner survived on a 
piece of bread and some watered- 
down soup made from vines, 
weeds, rice or grains. 

After being released from 
prison in August 1945, Ponder re- 
mained in the military for two ad- 
ditional months and was honorably 
discharged. 

"I am somewhat surprised I 
never did fancy myself as being one 
that would receive an award of that 
type," Ponder said. "But I am very 
proud and most thankf ul and grate- 
ful to those who had a part in that. 

"Get an education, learn how to 
do something to make a living, and 
by all means consider your maker 
and creator in spiritual matters." 



3-D technology comes to NSU 



Kelly Miller 

Sauce Reporter 

A new 3-D printer is being 
used in Engineering Technology 
classes starting this semester. 

The printer uses cornstarch 
and glue to produce 3-D images of 
designs that students make. 

The printer and a years' worth 
of supplies cost $30,000 and was 
funded with lab fees and money 
from the dean's office. 

The class that is able to use the 
printer this semester is IET 2020. 

However, there will be a new 



3000 level class offered as an elec- 
tive, so that students who were in- 
troduced to the printer in previous 
classes can get more hands-on ex- 
perience using the technology, said 
Bob Simmons, assistant professor 
of Engineering Technology. 

"We are right at the cutting 
edge," said Bobby Nowlin associ- 
ate professor of Engineering Tech- 
nology. "There are companies now 
that are starting to ask for people 
with this experience." Nowlin did 
the research to figure the cost for 
the school to purchase the printer. 

The printer helps students with 



two out of the three things that de- 
signers need when making a part. 
In engineering terms, the designs 
need to meet form, fit and func- 
tion. 

"To have a good part you have 
to meet those three things, and 
when you do it on a computer un- 
fortunately it is a flat screen, so 
sometimes it is hard to tell whether 
it is going to meet those three re- 
quirements," said Simmons. 

Now, with the use of the print- 
er students will be able to check the 
form and fit of their designs. There 
is no way to check the function of a 



design until the product is built and 
in use. 

The 3-D printer was made by 
Z-Corp and is smaller than an of- 
fice desk. 

The upkeep of the printer is the 
same as a regular computer printer, 
with the print head needing to be 
changed as often as a paper print- 
er. 

Students who take these classes 
are going to be able to design, build, 
and evaluate their own parts. 

Students will "actually get to 
keep the part that they designed 
and built," said Simmons. 




Submitted by Janell Corn 

Graduate student Tarkisha Wallace reads a poem in memory ol 
her son, who would have turned two on Monday. 

Students celebrate lost 
loved ones with balloons 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

The Student Personnel As- 
sociation (SPA) hosted an event 
Monday to "celebrate people who 
have passed away," SPA president 
Tarkisha Wallace said. 

Members of SPA gave attend- 
ees different colored balloons along 
with a card for the names of past 
loved ones. 

This event was created in 
memory of Wallace's son, Jayden 
Charles Wallace, who would have 
turned two years old on the day of 
the SPA balloon launch. Wallace's 
son passed away in 2005 at only five 
days old. 

SPA member Kelita Johnson 
introduced Wallace, who read an 
original poem titled "We'll Never 
Forget." 

Akilah Givens and Kelly Park- 
er - two of Wallace's Delta Sigma 
Theta sorority sisters - sang while 



others circled around them fori 
moment of silence. 

Afterward, those who had 111 
loved ones released their ballooi 
in their memory. 

Senior biology major and at 
other of Wallace's sorority sistn 
Ashunti Pearson took part in & 
event out of support for Wallace! 

"It is a good way to remembt 
those we love," Pearson said. 

Graduate student Geoni 
Rawlings said he attended to sJ 
port Wallace and for the losses! 
has had in his own life. 

Anyone at NSU or in i 
Natchitoches community was 
come to attend the event. 

This is not SPA's first time 
host an event, but "this one n 
more personal," Johnson said. 

The balloon launch was 
first of what is to become an an; 
event, Johnson said. 

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Top: Senior hospitality management 
and tourism major Kathy Swate and 
senior family and consumer sciences 
major April Bunnell keep track of how 
many pennies are added to the jars for 
the Penny Wars. 



Left: Junior social work major Julia 
Anderson gets a temporary tattoo dur- 
ing the kick off party on Monday to 
display her school spirit. 




Jen Evans 

Sauce Reporter 
Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

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Avast, ye students! 

NSU Homecoming week 
- which was titled "Demons of the 
Caribbean" - set sail Oct. 22-27, 
with events like the annual parade, 
a lip sync and movie nights. 

"This year's Homecoming 
week went by so fast," junior biol- 
ogy major Chel-C Hamilton said. 
"It was tons of fun and I can't wait 
until next year. 

The Disney-themed lip sync 
was held Wednesday night in the 
Friedman Student Union ballroom. 
The groups that participated in the 
lip sync performed three-minute 
songs from Disney movies, rang- 
ing from "High School Musical" to 
"The Lion King." 

Students competed in three 
categories for the lip sync contest. 
Tri Sigma won in the sorority cat- 
egory. Tau Kappa Epsilon won in 
the fraternity category, and the Vet 
Tech Club won in the general cat- 
egory. 

Comedian Jessi Campbell from 



Summitt Comedy entertained the 
crowd after the lip sync contest. 

"This year was a wonderful year 
to end on," senior education major 
Stephanie Dannehl said. "This is 
my last homecoming and I couldn't 
be happier with the turnout, or the 
fun I got to have with my sorority, 
Tri Sigma." 

Students could donate money 
or purchase a balloon or a heart 
from the American Heart Associa- 
tion for Service Day on Thursday. 
Faculty and students who donated 
more than $5 received a homecom- 
ing T-shirt. 

"Service Day was great, and the 
balloon release on Saturday was a 
huge success," junior business ma- 
jor Kayla Pitcher said. 

The homecoming parade took 
place Friday at 4 p.m. on Front 
Street. 

Kappa Sigma won the fraterni- 
ty float contest. They built a pirate 
ship out of cypress and plywood, 
with a life-size papier-mache rep- 
lica of Davy Jones from "Pirates of 
the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." 
During the parade, the sails were 
folded down to avoid power lines. 
The sorority float winner was 



Phi Mu. Their float resembled a 
treasure chest with a big treasure 
map on the side. The Vet Tech club 
won in the general category. 

"Participating in the parade 
was my favorite part, although the 
entire week was full of fun," frater- 
nity member and sophomore busi- 
ness administration major Weldon 
Jackson said. "The parade definitely 
wins my vote." 

The homecoming king and 
queen were Waylon Metoyer and 
Lindsay Maggio. 

The 2007 homecoming court 
included Ingrid Bray, Keith Craig, 
Natasha Bennett, Lane Luckie, 
Akilah Givens, Isiah Boyd, Monica 
Randazzo, Josh Oliver, Will Ad- 
ams, Lauren Hughes, Terrance Lee, 
Kayla Pitcher, Hasim Jones, Sher- 
man Desselle, Kim Gallien, Jes- 
sica Pitcher, Roderick Wilson and 
LaKeisha Gray. 

Nick Courville and Devin Ow- 
ens found the Black Pearl by attend- 
ing homecoming events and col- 
lecting clues. They were rewarded 
$130 gift cards to the place of their 
choice. 

Kappa Pi art fraternity won the Jol- 
ly Roger banner contest. 




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Bobbie Hayes 

Staff Reporter 

Christopher Gilliam will bring 
his lifelong passion for music to his 
new position in the NSU music de- 
partment. 

While he may be new to the 
NSU music department, music is 
nothing new to Gilliam, who will 
teach classes in voice, women's 
chorus and opera theater as a tem- 
porary voice instructor this fall. 

Gilliam first discovered his 
interest in music through his el- 
ementary school teacher who "had 
a huge interest in the arts." This 
teacher staged a full production of 
"The Wizard of Oz" for students in 
fifth-eighth grade. 



Watching the others on stage 
ignited an interest in music for Gil- 
liam. 

The next year - with no prior 
experience - Gilliam auditioned 
for the production of Peter Pan and 
won the lead role. 

"It all just came easy to me, be- 
ing on stage, the singing, the danc- 
ing," Gilliam said. "I really found 
my niche in music." 

Besides his vocal talents, Gil- 
liam also plays the piano. 

"I grew up in the South, and 
the reason I wanted to learn pia- 
no was because my sister-in-law 
played gospel-style in church," Gil- 
liam said. 

Before joining NSU's faculty, 
Gilliam served as the associate 



director of choral activities and 
taught at Bob Jones University in 
Greenville, S.C. 

Gilliam re- 
ceived his master's 
of music degree in 
choral conducting 
and doctorate of 
musical arts de- 
gree in voice per- 
formance from the 
University of Kan- 
sas. 

Gilliam said 
he was pleased 
to find how well the faculty here 
at NSU get along and "how pro- 
fessional they all are." He was also 
impressed by how genuinely com- 
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teachers are and not just to advanc- 
ing their own careers. 

"The music department is 
a gem inside the small town of 
Natchitoches," Gilliam said. 

Gilliam will be perform- 
ing at the Northwestern Sym- 
phony's annual Pops Concert 
on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at 7:30 
p.m. in the Friedman Student 
Union ballroom. 

He will be singing a dark 
and serious piece from Swee- 
ney Todd, and a lighter, more 
comical piece from Damn 
Yankees. 

"The people I look up to most 
now have all been a teacher in my 
life," Gilliam said. "My role models 
were always people in my life that I 



could tell really cared about me and 
really wanted to make a difference 
in someone else's life. I wanted to 
emulate that." 

If he could pass down just one 
piece of advice to his students it 
would be to "practice because it 
will pay off in the end even if it does 
not feel like it at the time." 

Gilliam fills his free time with 
running, movies and going out to 
eat with friends. 

"Eating is just something I en- 
joy, and I love good conversation"! 
Gilliam said. 

Gilliam also enjoys r eading and 
may be found out at a restaurant! 
with a good book, such as any work 
by C.S. Lewis - his favorite author! 
- as his companion. 




Argus seeks contributors 

NSU literary magazine invites all students to turn 
in poetry, fiction and art for November deadline 



Photos by Michael Silver/ Current Sauce 

Student organizations were 
invited to design pirate 
themed flags for Homecom- 
ing Week created out of twin 
bed pillowcases. The flags 
(above) were displayed in 
the Friedman Student Union 
throughout the week and 
were judged on Thursday. 



Bobbie Hayes 

Staff Reporter 

The Argus - NSU's award-win- 
ning literary magazine - will accept 
submissions until Nov. 28. 

"We have won top three best 
in show at the Associated Colle- 
giate Press for at least the last three 
years," senior editor Andi McCay 
said. 

The Argus has won these hon- 
ors based on its superb design and 
layout. 

"We can be proud of the abili- 
ties of our editing and design team, 
which has been repeatedly nation- 
ally recognized for excellence," fac- 
ulty adviser Julie Kane said. "Argus 
shows that we can compete with 
anyone nationally." 

Any NSU student may submit 
up to three works of poetry, non- 
fiction, fiction, drama, photography 
or art - including sculpture pieces. 



"We usually get a lot of pho- 
tography and poetry, and we are re- 
ally looking for fiction and creative 
fiction," McCay said. 

Creative fiction is based on 
truth, but the author can take lit- 
erary liberties with metaphors and 
imagery, McCay said. 

Besides the opportunity to be- 
come a published author, the Argus 
offers other incentives to compel 
students to submit as well. 

There are cash prizes of dif- 
fering amounts for the top three 
submissions chosen by three quali- 
fied judges in each category. These 
judges are usually teachers from 
the Natchitoches campus or the 
surrounding community. 

"I was really nervous the first 
time I submitted my freshman year 
but it became a lot of fun as I got 
more involved," senior psychology 
major and 2006-2007 prizewinner 
Marlinda Pruden said. 



The Argus is a student publi- 
cation that was started in 1976 by 
Christine Ford, an English profes- 
sor at the NSU Shreveport cam- 
pus. Like the yearbook, the Argus 
is available for every student and is 
financed by student fees. 

The publication's name was in- 
spired by Greek myth. In the origi- 
nal myth, Argus was a one hun- 
dred-eyed giant whom the Greek 
goddess Hera immortalized in the 
many "eyes" on a peacock's tail. 

The Argus originally took the 
name to "symbolize the many dif- 
ferent views of the readers," accord- 
ing to the Argus Web Site. 

The 2007-2008 edition will be 
the 31st publication of the maga- 
zine. Students who wish to be a 
part of the tradition should e-mail 
submissions to nsuargus@gmail. 
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The seven-paneled artistic 
creation of graduate student Lar- 
rie King was designed to become 
part of its environment and was the 
discussion of an introduction to art 
class for the past week. 

King worked on the piece - ti- 
tled "An amateur's guide to fam- 
ily relationships, personal expenses 
and flying" - for about 10 months, 
still adding small details to his cre- 
ation after it was in the gallery. 

"I was still putting stuff on it 
when it got here," King said. "I tried 
to make it more part of the envi- 
ronment by adding the curtains 
and chair." 

King originally created his 
work for his studio. Someone sug- 
gested he move it to the gallery 
where he could add depth to it and 
fill the space. 

The art is constantly evolving 
and King would like to see how far 
he could take it. 

"An amateur's guide to fam- 
ily relationships, personal expenses 
and flying" is King's take on a fam- 
ily quilt. King wanted the piece to 
be symbolic of a family tree and ge- 
nealogy. 

King's artwork is very intricate 
with many texture layers. 

The panels hold an abundance 
of seemingly random parts, like 
an Ohio license plate from 1948, 
miniature ladders and old letters. 
A picture of King's grandparents is 
also included in the art. 

A separate panel asked for 
people to write their feelings about 



the piece and put their birthday as 
a signature, as a way for viewers ra 
contribute to the art. q. 

Senior theatre major Beth Bou-I 
dreaux described the installment 
as "bright, historical, confusing yet 
breathtaking" at King's gallery re- 
ception on Monday. 

The art is referred to as an in-| 
stallation work, which means it be- 
comes part of the environment. ArJ 
installation work differs from tra- 
ditional paintings or sculptures ink* 
that it interacts with the surround- 
ing area, assistant professor of art 
Isaac Powell said. 

• In Powell's introduction to art 
class, his students wrote a two-page 
paper comparing and contrast- 
ing installation work to traditional 
art. The class visited "An amateur's 
guide to family relationships, per- 
sonal expenses and flying" last week 
to research for the assignment and 
discuss its features. 

"Larries work being up was 
more visible, rather than just an ex- 
ample in a book," Powell said 

Sophomore graphic communi 
cation major Jeremy Richthofen is 
in Powell's introduction to art class 
and said King's work had more in 
teraction with the audience than 
traditional art. 

Writing on the installation 
work made it more personal to the 
observer, Richthofen said. 

Richthofen visited King's in 
stallation work more than just the 
one time in class. 

"I thought it was a very uniquet 
piece that you can't just look at and 
be done with," Richthofen said 
"You really have to study it." 



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Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

Deciding on the top ten great- 
est horror movies was tough. 

The criteria were based on im- 
pact of the movie, box office suc- 
cess, timelessness and characters. 

"Carrie" (1976) contains two of 
the greatest scenes in horror movie 
history, which were the opening 
"tampon scene" and the unforget- 
table pig's blood 
Kene. 

Actress Sissy 
Spacek plays Carrie 
-a high school out- 
cast with an over- 
bring mother. 
Ihings take a turn 
lor the worst after 
high school prom 
prank goes terribly 
wong in this screen 
adaptation to the 
Stephen King novel. 

Coming in at No. 9, "Night- 
mare on Elm Street" (1984) in- 
troduced the razor-yielding child 
murderer Freddy Krueger, and leg- 
endary horror director Wes Craven 
brought Johnny Depp to the world. 

The release of No. 8 produced 
one of the most recognizable 
theme songs in horror history and 
left moviegoers terrified of the wa- 
ter for weeks. "Jaws" (1975) was 
directed by Steven Spielberg and 
iroke box office records, becoming 
he highest grossing movie ever un- 
i "Star Wars" (1977). 

Wes Craven also directed No. 
"Scream" (1996). "Scream" is 
considered to be one of the great- 
est slasher flicks of our time, and 
Ghost-face" continues to be one of 
the most popular Halloween masks 
since the movie's release. 

Master of suspense Alfred 
Hitchcock released his masterpiece, 
Psycho," in 1960. Also known for 
its recognizable theme song - and 
infamous shower scene - "Psycho" 
has truly stood the test of time. 

"Halloween" (1978) helped give 
rise to the slasher genre. Directed 



Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

Stanley Kubrick's 



by John Carpenter, No. 5 features 
one of the most notorious villains 
in horror movie history, Michael 
Myers. 

When "Night of the Living 
Dead" debuted in 1968, audienc- 
es had never seen anything like 
it. Screenwriter George Romero 
single-handedly gave birth to the 
zombie genre. 

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 
(1974) continues to frighten and 
disgust people to 
this day. Leather- 
face still has teen- 
agers today terrified 
of taking shortcuts 
on road trips down 
old, country roads. 
What really sets this 
movie apart is that 
all the killing takes 
place in the middle 
of the day. 

"Here's Johnny!" 
The Shin- 
ing" (1980) features a young Jack 
Nicholson at one of his most well 
known roles. Memorable quotes, 
Kubrick's weirdness and one creepy 
hotel confirm the No. 2 spot for 
"The Shining." 

"The Exorcist" (1983) had hor- 
ror fans literally throwing up in 
theater aisles. Upon its release, 
religious groups stood outside of 
cinemas for weeks, protesting the 
movie. "The Exorcist," starring 
Linda Blair, is the clear-cut win- 
ner based on the impact it left on 
American culture. It was the first 
of the exorcism genre, and even 
won two Academy Awards and was 
nominated for eight more. 

There are several other movies 
that could have made this list, so if 
you're in the mood for a good hor- 
ror flick this Halloween, check out 
"The Omen," the "Evil Dead" series, 
"Friday the 13 ,h ," "Bram Stoker's 
Dracula," "Interview With a Vam- 
pire," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Peo- 
ple Under the Stairs" or anything 
by Wes Craven, John Carpenter, 
George Romero or Alfred Hitch- 
cock. 




Comic by Joe Evans 



Louisiana run-offs heat up 



Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 

Republicans are taking four of 
the seven statewide offices with 50 
percent or more of the vote, one 
unopposed Democrat-turned-Re- 
publican has his eyes 
set on a U.S. Senate seat 
next year and Republi- 
cans are making gains 
in the Louisiana Senate 
and are looking to take 
the state House. 

The state Demo- 
cratic Party must be 
reeling from its losses. 

The only bright 
note for Democrats, be- 
sides retaining the state Senate and 
doing its best to prevent a Repub- 
lican majority in the state House, 
would be winning the runoff for 
the attorney general's race in No- 
vember. 

Democrat Charles Foti, former 
Orleans Parish sheriff for 30 years, 




was the incumbent attorney gen- 
eral. Republican and Shreveport 
native Alexander Royal and fellow 
Democrat district attorney Buddy 
Caldwell opposed him. 

The numbers were stagnating 
for Foti, who had dismal approv- 
al ratings after he 
charged Anna Pou 
of New Orleans with 
second-degree mur- 
der. Pou was later 
released because the 
grand jury failed to 
indict her. 

This zealous at- 
tack may have been 
the legally correct 
move but definitely 
not the politically correct move 
for Foti, and it prevented him from 
getting into the runoff, handing 
him his first electoral defeat. 

Alexander - who claimed just 
6,082 votes more than Foti - is not 
in the best shape to claim victory. 
Together, the two Democratic 



Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 



candidates received double the 
number of votes Alexander - the 
lone Republican - received. 

Besides the votes Alexander 
probably won't receive in the run- 
off is a letter written to some of the 
members of the Louisiana Associa- 
tion of Ambulatory Healthcare, in 
which Alexander wrote, "In return 
for the precious time I am going to 
take away from my campaign for 
attorney general to assist you, I am 
going to ask you to make a substan- 
tial contribution to my campaign." 

Way to go, Mr. Alexander. 

While you run your campaign 
based on honesty and ending cor- 
ruption, it seems you violated the 
Louisiana Campaign Finance Dis- 
closure Act. Damn that Constitu- 
tion and its laws that prevented you 
from soliciting campaign donations 
for future favorable decisions from 
the attorney general's office. 

The other candidate in the 
runoff, Buddy Caldwell, D-Tallu- 
lah, received the most votes in the 



three-way race. 

Caldwell is in the best position 
to claim Foti's office in the runoff. 
He received 36 percent of the vote 
and almost 30,000 more votes than 
Alexander did in the primaries. 

Alexander has tried to link 
bad news to Caldwell, such as an 
accidental expenditure of $1,500 
of public funds for private use by 
Caldwell. 

Caldwell himself reported the 
misusage of public funds to the 
state Legislative Auditor's office 
and repaid the money in full. Even 
with this incident of misusage of 
public funds, Caldwell is in a far 
better position to win. 

The state Democratic Party 
should not despair too much, 
though, after this election cycle. 
The 2008 election cycle is around 
the corner, and U.S. Senator Mary 
Landrieu is up for re-election. 
Some very notable House races 
could become very competitive if 
they field the right candidates. 



Opinions are written by 
students of NSU and do not 
necessarily represent the 
opinion of anybody 
but themselves. 




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Dear Editor: 

Given that we are a univer- 
sity community, one would assume 
that research would be a vital part 
of any writing project, even in an 
editorial in The Current Sauce. 
Such is obviously not the case for 
Miller Daniel, whose opinion piece, 
"Campus Safer With Guns" is ter- 
rifying, ridiculous, and completely 
unsubstantiated. The claim, "li- 
censed owners don't cause gun 
violence" would be laughable for its 
complete stupidity were the facts 
not so heartbreaking. The Brady 
Campaign's assembling of data re- 
lated to handgun violence in the 
U.S. reveals that the very presence 
of a gun in the home, whether one 
is legally "entitled" to own that gun 
or not, triples the risk of homicide 
in the home. A gun in the home is 
22 times more likely to be used to 
kill a family member or friend than 
to kill in self-defense. From 1992- 
1997, states that had no CCW 
(Carry Concealed Weapon) laws 
revealed an 18% rise in violence, 
while states that allowed citizens to 
carry concealed weapons showed 
a 27% rise in violence. From 1996 
to 2000 in Texas, a state that allows 
concealed weapons, 3,370 serious 
violent offences like murder, rape, 
and sexual assault were commit- 
ted by citizens after they received a 
CCW license. 

To imagine that a university 
community will be safer when stu- 
dents and faculty carry guns should 
be too ludicrous a proposal to con- 



sider. Given the levels of stress, not 
to mention the incidents of racism, 
sexism, and homophobia that are 
an ongoing part of such a commu- 
nity, it does not take tremendous 
imagination to foresee what would 
happen if guns were introduced 
into our climate. 

Do your homework, Mr. Dan- 
iel. You are supposed to be here to 
get an education. 

Holly Stave 
Professor of English 
Louisiana Scholars' College 



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Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

CNN.com published a piece ti- 
tled "Most Americans see lingering 
racism -in others," which examined 
Americans attitudes about racism. 
The article contained the results of 
a poll that showed blacks are more 
than twice as likely to call racism a 
"very serious" problem, almost half 
of whites and blacks said 
they know someone who 
is racist and only a few of 
either race said they them- 
selves are racially biased. 
This article further con- 
firms my theory that rac- 
ist attitudes are instilled 
in all people, whether they 
identify it or not. 
So how do people deter- 
mine if a person is racist 
or not? 

It is all about tone and action. 

For example, in the black race, 
the word "nigger" could be used 
positively or negatively. Some 
blacks go around calling each other 
"niggas" because it has taken on an- 
other meaning. The word could be 
used to indicate a person is a friend 
or an associate. 

Some blacks use "nigger" to 
lessen or degrade another black 
person. In both cases, the tone of a 
word determines its interpretation. 



I recently experienced racism 
when a white member of a frater- 
nity called me a "nigger" for get- 
ting in front of him on the road. In 
this instance, I use the term racism 
because the individual intent was 
to degrade me or make me feel 
ashamed because my skin was col- 
ored pecan brown with bits of cara- 
mel brown. 

I know some people are read- 
ing this article 
saying, "I have 
black friends and 
would never call 
them a 'nigger.'" 
Other people 
may be saying, 
"That is a stupid 
analysis. If words 
depend on the 
tone, I could call 
my black friends 
'niggas' and they 
should not get offended." 
You may be right. 
It is not right, however, to as- 
sume that because you hear the 
word used frequently every black 
person identifies with it. Further- 
more, this word once meant some- 
thing negative and degrading. 

Who would want to subject a 
friend to being called that? 

Still, some blacks use the word 
"nigga" because it is apart of their 
culture. A culture many people 



Racism in America 

The following article contains strong language 
that is not designed to offend, but to explain 




Octavia Bolds 

Guest Columnist 



who are not black cannot identify 
with. 

For example, "nigga" is so in- 
stilled in some black cultures that 
all people no matter the color of 
their skin are referred to as such. 
So for those who feel blacks should 
not refer to each other as "niggas," 
be sure not to jump on the band- 
wagon and assume it is apart of our 
culture as people, whether black, 
white, brown or polka dot. 

We need to wake up as black 
people and realize it is not until we 
start to value our culture and our- 
selves that other races will show us 
respect. If we do not start to respect 
our culture subtle or outrageous dis- 
plays of racism will remain. 

College students are the future 
and have control over their attitudes. 
On the other hand, it is up to each 
individual to correct, explain or 
question his or her usage of the word 
"nigga." 

It is not until we have dialogue 
about racist issues that people will 
change. Still, some people do not 
have an opinion about the word or 
care about being called a "nigga," 
and that is their choice. 

And thank you to the individual 
who insulted me. You encouraged 
me to evaluate the word and really 
think about it and write this article. 
Your ignorance was the sheer inspi- 
ration for this article. 




Good 

Call 




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Sports Edito 
mdanielOO 1 @student.nsula.edi 
October 31,200 





Officially 
unofficial... 

By Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Even though it may be a good 
time to live in Boston, but it is not a 
good time, however, to be a South- 
land Conference student athlete. 

And you're 
thinking, "How, 
oh wise sports 
nerd? They are 
going to school 
for free. All 
they have to do 
is play games." 

Well, SLC Miller Daniel 
officials are Sports Editor 
some of the 

worst I've seen. Granted, I'm not 
sure how they stack up against the 
rest of the Football Championship 
Subdivision, but compared to the 
likes of Football Bowl Subdivision 
officials, it's a no-brainer. 

I'll give two examples from 
NSU's last two home football 
games. The first came against 
Southeastern. In that game, a Lion 
player grabbed the face mask of 
sophomore safety John Ambrose, 
ripped oft his helmet and threw it 
across the field after a kickoff. Am- 
brose had to run 40 yards across 
the field to get his helmet. 

You're probably asking your- 
self, "Self, how did the officials not 
see that?" I asked myself the same 
question. Even though I didn't see 
altercation I sure saw the helmet 
go flying. Ambrose wasn't playing a 
game of fetch all by himself. 

Why not call a personal foul? 

Missing something like that is 
a good way of letting a game get out 
of hand quickly. 

The second comes from the 
Demons homecoming game this 
past weekend. 

On the final possession of the 
game for Texas State - as they were 
setting up for a field goal - the en- 
tire Demon coaching staff was call- 
ing for a time out to ice the kicker. 

We see this happen all the 
time. Florida tried to do it against 
Auburn, but to no avail as the kick- 
er made the second attempt. Mike 
Shanahan of the Denver Broncos 
used it to ice the Raiders, and then 
the Raiders did it to the Browns. 

Coaches are now allowed to 
call time-outs from the sideline, 
which is a luxury that used to come 
on a relay from coaches to players. 

The game has changed, and the 
rules have, too. Along with that, so 
have strategies. 

SLC officials must realize they 
should look for the time-out from 
the sideline on kickoffs. When 
Scott Stoker, his assistant coaches 
and the players all yelled for a time- 
out, the officials failed. 

The point of officials in college 
football is to make the game is fair 
for all teams. In the last month, the 
SLC officials allowed a player to be 
put in danger and denied a team an 
opportunity at victory. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore 
journalism major. The views ex- 
pressed do not necessarily represent 
those of the entire Sauce staff or 
those of the university. 




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Junior running back Byron Lawrence had one of the best games of his career Saturday, gaining 176 yards on 26 carries. Despite the effort, 
over 300 yards on the ground, the Demons couldn't hold on, losing 20-17. Lawrence has 917 yards on the season with a 5.8 yard per carry average 



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which led the Demons tol J? 1 n Ct 

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Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demons fumbled 
twice in the red zone to set up a 
Texas State fake punt on their final 
drive that led to the game-winning 
field goal as the Demons fell 20-17. 

Byron Lawrence had 176 yards 
on the ground and Germayne Ed- 
mond ran for 90 as the Demons 
racked up over 300 yards in the 
loss. 

The Demons had two chances 
to put the game away, scoring on 
an Adam Varnado reverse that was 
called back on a holding penalty. 



Two plays later, Ben Bailey lost 
a fumble just before going over the 
goal line after escaping two tack- 
lers. The Bobcats got the recovery 
for a touchback. 

Edmond then threw one of two 
interceptions in the fourth quarter 
at the end of a 64- yard drive. 

"Texas State hung in there 
and made some plays to win," 
head coach Scott Stoker said. "We 
fought our butts off, but made mis- 
takes that kept us from winning the 
game." 

The Demons will travel to Ox- 
ford, Mississippi to play Ole Miss 
on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. 



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Homecoming loss to the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday. Photo by 

Michael Silver/Current Sauce 

Bottom: Sophomore cornerback Casey Brown sets up against 
Texas State on Saturday. Brown had one tackle and fumble re- 
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'Taking dome the ,c BlacfL 6° gold' 

Alpha Phi Alpha pageant crowns new queen 




Octavia Bolds 

Staff Reporter 

Junior business administration 
major Orelia Lawdins took home 
the crown and title of Miss Black 
and Gold during the 10th annual 
Miss Black and Gold pageant Fri- 
day. 

"I think that [pageants like 
Miss Black and Gold] are really 
good things for young women to 
try because it encourages not only 
beauty, poise and talent," Lawdins 
said. 

"But it definitely requires edu- 
cation a sense of understanding of 
yourself and it helps you to meet 
with new girls," Lawdins said. "It is 
a lot of fun all together." 

Lawdins will represent Alpha 
Phi Alpha fraternity at the regional 
Miss Black and Gold pageant com- 
petition. 

The Miss Black and Gold pag- 
eant is a national program spon- 
sored by Alpha Phi Alpha frater- 
nity. 



"It is a scholarship pageant, and 
GPA is held in the highest esteem," 
Jonathon Jason, pageant chair said. 

The girls that participated had 
to have a 2.0 or higher. 

"We have had contestants in 
the past go all the w^y to the na- 
tionals, and we are hoping to go 
back to that," Jason said. 

The pageant consisted of six 
contestants: freshman biology ma- 
jor Amber Greenhouse, freshman 
political science major Kasheaf 
Pinder, junior graphic communi- 
cations major Erica O'Neal, senior 
microbiology major Tiffany How- 
ard, sophomore graphic communi- 
cations major Latoya Bowman and 
junior business administration ma- 
jor Orelia Lawdins. 

The pageant was hosted by 
senior biology major Natasha Ben- 
nett and Shreveport radio DJ Willie 
"Scotter" Burton. 

The opening act was a dance 
featuring all the pageant partici- 
pants, set to the song, "Lose My 
Breath" by Destiny's Child. 



The rest of the evening was 
also filled with entertainment by 
local singers as well as the pageant 
participants. 

The pageant consisted of a 
business wear portion, formal wear 
portion, swimsuit competition and 
talent portion. 

Earlier in the pageant, junior 
education major Gabby Assayagi 
predicted Lawdins would be the 
pageant winner. 

Traci La Bom, Kendra R. Web- 
ster, Francis L. Welch, Terrence 
Vision and Marcus D. Jones were 
judges for the pageant. 

For Welch, the deciding factor 
for the Miss Black and Gold win- 
ner was delivery and overall confi- 
dence. 

"I hope [the pageant] it was an 
experience that they will take and 
furtherdevelop," Welch said. 

Junior education major Dani- 
elle Apugo said that she really loved 
the talent portion of the pageant 
and thought the talent was very di- 
verse. 




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Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, 2006 Miss Black and Gold 
Akilah Givens and pageant contestants entertain the crowd 
during the opening performance of the 2007 pageant. 

Orelia Lawdins waves at the crowd after being crowned 2007 
Miss Black & Gold on Friday. 

First runner-up Tiffany Howard walks across the stage during 
the business attire segment. 

Kasheaf Pinder answers questions from the judges. 

Miss Black & Gold contestants await the announcement of the 
2007 queen. 



Professor contributes to Toni Morrison collection 



Amanda Duncil 

Sauce Reporter 

Louisiana Scholars' College 
professor of English Holly Stave 
has recently published a chapter in 
the Cambridge Companion Series. 

The book consists of a collec- 
tion of essays about Nobel Prize 
winner Toni Morrison - a novelist 
who specializes in African-Ameri- 
can literature. 

The Cambridge Companion 
Series is a highly regarded text 
used for research by many upper- 
level undergraduate and graduate 
students, Stave said. 



The essays featured in the book 
address all of Morrison's work. 
Each contributor has given 
a good examination of a 
particular piece of litera- 
ture by her, Stave said. 

Stave is a long-time 
admirer of Morrison's 
work and began writing 
about her after graduate 
school. 

Although she writes 
about an immense variety 
of topics, Morrison is one 
of her main research inter- 
ests, Stave said. 

"I think she's the best living au 



thor in the U.S.; her work is abso- 
lutely compelling," Stave said. 

Stave's chap- 
ter in the book 
utilizes major tex- 
tual criticism that 
had been written 
about Morrison 
in order to ana- 
lyze two novels 
titled "Jazz" and 
, , 1 1 . , "Paradise." 

Holly Stave ,. .. . . 

7 it was slight- 

Scholars' College ly difficult since 

Professor of English Stave had to in " 

corporate others' 
opinions into the essay. 




Stave also edited a compilation 
of essays on Morrison for another 
book titled "Toni Morrison And 
the Bible: Contested Intertextuali- 
ties (African American Literature 
and Culture: Expanding and Ex- 
ploding the Boundaries)" that was 
published in 2006. 

"Toni Morrison is just so amaz- 
ingly good that I have been writing 
on her work ever since [reading her 
work]," Stave said. 

The staff of the Scholars' Col- 
lege fully supports Stave in her aca- 
demic pursuits. 

It is a great achievement for all 
of her effort, dean of the Scholars' 



College T. Davina McClain said. 

"It is essential for good teach- 
ers to be actively involved in their 
discipline and in the creation of 
knowledge," McClain said. "For Dr. 
Stave to have been able to not only 
work with other scholars in edit- 
ing this volume, but also be able 
to contribute to the understand of 
Toni Morrison and her work is an 
outstanding accomplishment." 

Stave's involvement in the book 
has exposed her to a large society of 
scholars that share the same interest. 

"We are very proud she was able 
to be published by such a prestigious 
press," McClain said. 




Leigh GentrJ 
News Editd 
lgentryOO 1 @student.nsula.edi| 
November 7, 2O0J 



Jung Lim's 
research study 
on a teaching 
approach 
promoting 
student learning 
earned academic 
accolades from 
the Association 
for Educational 
Communications 
and Technology, 
She traveled to 
a conference 
in Anaheim, 
Calif., in October 
to collect the 
Robert M. Gange 
Award. 




Photo by Larry Pierce/Current Sauce 



Journalism professor wins research award 



Shelita Dalton 

Sauce Reporter 

With only four years of teach- 
ing under her belt, NSU journal- 
ism assistant professor Jung Lim 
recently won the Robert M. Gange 
Award for outstanding research for 
her study on instructional design 
approach and teaching. 

Lim received the award at a 
conference in Anaheim, Calif., 
based on the reviews of five nation- 
ally recognized reviewers. 

"The research study that I 
submitted was based on the study 
about a particular instructional de- 
sign approach that promotes stu- 
dent learning and the transfer of 
complex cognitive skills," Lim said. 

The Association for Educa- 
tional Communications and Tech- 
nology gave the award to Lim. 
AECT is "a professional associa- 



tion of thousands of educators and 
others whose activities are directed 
towards improving instruction 
through technology," according to 
their Web site, aect.org. 

The time spent on the study 
along with the name attached to 
the award makes it even more 
meaningful for Lim. 

"I feel very rewarded because 
I've been working SO hard on the 
research project for the past two 
years," Lim said. 

"Besides, to me, getting an 
award named after Robert M. 
Gagne is quite meaningful," Lim 
said. "[H]e is one of the few schol- 
ars I have truly respected since I 
have been involved in education." 

She described Gagne as "per- 
haps the most prominent scholar 
in the field of educational commu- 
nications and technology." 

According to the psychol- 



ogy resource Web site the Psi Cafe, 
Gagne is considered an experimen- 
tal psychologist who came up with 
the conditions of learning theory. 

The instructional approach 
Lim uses will be very useful for 
teaching journalism courses. 

"Most journalism courses in- 
volve complex technical skills that 
need to be learned and transferred 
effectively," Lim said. "This was the 
main focus of the study." 

The instructional approach 
Lim researched will allow the stu- 
dents to apply their classroom skills 
to the real world without receiving 
any additional on-the-job training. 

Lim's award wasn't the only 
thing she took from the experi- 
ence. 

"It was inspiring to meet new 
people from all over the world and 
be able to interact with them," Lim 
said. 



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police station complaining 
about a Christian group 
bothering him at his dorm 



8:58 a.m. 

Someone from the 
National Center for 
Preservation Technology 
and Training called 
requesting an officer to 
write tickets. 



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9:32 a.m. 

Someone complained 
about smoke in the 
Bienvenu parking lot. The 
smoke was coming from 
the sewer system. 

11/4/07 

9:17 a.m. 

A female student called to 
report guys' jumping the 
fence into the University 
Columns near Greek Hill. 



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2:01 p.m. 

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Vic's collapses and is 
taken home by his sister. 

4:02 p.m. 

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the Watson Library at 
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David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 

In October, CityTownInfo.com 
released a report ranking NSU's tu- 
ition among some of the lowest in 
the nation. 

Moving Traffic, Inc., publisher 
of CityTownInfo.com, said the Web 
site provides its users with "com- 
parative information" concerning 
U.S. communities and the services 
in which they offer, such as real es- 
tate, jobs and universities. 

CityTownInfo.com released its 
annual report that ranks 7,000 of 
the nation's colleges and universi- 
ties based on various categories 
like percentage of females to males, 
degrees offered and acceptance 



percentage, president of Moving 
Traffic, Inc. L.J. Urbano said. 

The 2007 report ranked NSU 
in the top 7 percent of colleges and 
universities with the lowest tuition 
and fees. 

This year's report is based on 
information from 2005 and is a 
comparison of NSU's in-state tu- 
ition to other colleges and universi- 
ties' in-state tuition, Urbano said. 

Universities that ranked in the 
top 1 or 2 percent are the Univer- 
sity of District Columbia, Florida 
Atlantic University, Eastern New 
Mexico State University, Winston 
Salem State University and Califor- 
nia State University-Long Beach. 

In this year's report, NSU also 
ranked in the top 10 percent in 



the number of students en mile 
- 9,847 - and scored in the topi 
percent in all of the report's othe 
categories. 

"I'm proud that NSU has doi 
so well and hope the universi 
continues to make improvement 
said Jason Thibodeau, a freshra 
studying history at NSU. 

"The low tuition that is provi 
ed allows me to focus more on wh 
is important, instead of how I w 
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SAB kicks off week of service 



LaKimbria Williams 

Sauce Reporter 

No more waiting for the world 
to change. 

A group of students from 
Communications 3120 - a group 
dynamics class - are taking part 
in changing the way people see 
Natchitoches. 

Saturday morning, the stu- 
dents helped Habitat for Humanity 
start the foundation for a home on 
Amulet St. 

"[In] doing our part, we are 
helping Habitat for Humanity reach 
their goal of building 13 homes in 
the surrounding area," senior Mi- 



chelle Johnson said. 

The point of the class is to plan 
a project in a group setting that will 
better aid NSU or the community. 

"With this being the first time 
the class looked to go off campus 
to work and do something for the 
good of the community or sur- 
rounding region, the challenge was 
on," said John Foster, who teaches 
the Communications 3120 class. 

"The classes in the last eight 
years have done things such as 
starting scholarships for non-tra- 
ditional students and changing the 
parking permits from stickers to 
hanging tags," Foster said. 

Two other groups in Foster's 



class are working on projects 
are just as demanding. 

Students not in Foster's clas: 
can learn how to help their cqj 
munity during NSU's service lean 
ing week sponsored by the St uda 
Activities Board, which lasts urt 
Friday. 

Many different activities 
being held, including awarenf 
seminars and drives, training 
first aid and CPR, as well as R 
Cross Shelter Relief Training cerj 
fication. 

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simply coming," committee head 
NSU's service learning week Al 
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November 7, 2007 





New radio show covers both sides of the aisle 




Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 

Sophomore liberal arts major 
Paul Shelton and senior commu- 
nications major Tim Gattie are the 
hosts of "Asses and Elephants," a ra- 
dio show devoted to discussion of 
local, state and national issues. 

"It gets a lot of people listening; 
it gets a lot of positive publicity to 
our station," KNWD music director 
and sophomore journalism major 
Richelle Stephens said,. "That's the 
kind of show that we want here." 

Gattie and Shelton each bring 
the latest issue of The Current 
Sauce to the studio because it 
comes out the day before the show 
and is therefore "fresh material," 
Shelton said. 

Before each show, Shelton 
prints out articles from liberal me- 
dia resources like CNN and MS- 
NBC while Gattie relies on Dead 
Pelican and Drudge Report for top- 
ics to discuss on the air. 

This semester, topics have in- 
cluded library hours, Al Gore's No- 
bel Peace Prize, prejudice and the 
recent state election. 

The station's general manager, 
Ben Kitterlin, approached Gattie 
with an offer to become the el- 
ephant element of the show at the 
beginning of the semester, Gattie 
said. 

Gattie - a "military brat" origi- 
nally from Plattsb rg, N.Y. - was a 
member of his high school debate 
team and the Model Organization 
of American States. He also spoke 
at conferences and co-hosted a ra- 
dio show. 

After attending grad school, 
he wants to teach communication 



theory and rhetoric. 

"One of the things I like about 
Tim that's really weird is the fact 
that he's a gay Republican," Shelton 
said. "I love that — number one, 
because it's funny, and number two, 
because it destroys the stereotype 
of gay people being liberal. 
"It shows me that he's actually put 
thought into what he thinks when it 
comes to the political realm." 

After Gattie agreed to do the 
show, all he had to do was find a 
liberal counterpart, and the show 
went on air in September. 

"For the first show, we made 
the name up five minutes before we 
went on the air," Shelton said. 

One journalism professor con- 
fronted them because she was wor- 
ried that they were being biased to- 
ward conservatives because "ass" is 
a derogatory term, Shelton said. 

She calmed down once she re- 
alized Shelton, the liberal, coined 
the phrase. 

"I like that he's willing to have 
fun with the politics and that he's 
willing to admit that they're serious 
but still enjoy them," Gattie said. 

Shelton seems to appreciate 
this sentiment. 

"I'm still willing to call PETA 
out and tell them I'm eating an om- 
elet," Shelton joked. 

Shelton - a 19-year-old from 
Columbia, La. - competed in 
speech and contributed columns 
and letters to the editor to newspa- 
pers while in high school. 

Shelton plans to graduate from 
the Scholar's College with a con- 
centration in humanities and social 
thought and go to law school. 

The show is broadcast using 
equipment at the KNWD studio lo- 



cated in Kyser. Gattie and Shelton 
host their show using microphones 
attached to a soundboard from the 
'80s. 

"It's an antique, but it still 
works," Stephens said. 

The best part of working at the 
station is the hands-on experience, 
Stephens said. 

"I know that I'm getting a good 
solid foundation, because I also 
work over at NSU 22 and you know, 
I've become familiar enough with 
all of the equipment in here that I 
could go and get a production job 
at a radio station," Stephens said. 

FCC regulations apply to the 
college station. KNWD show hosts 
are required to say "KNWD Natchi- 
toches, Louisiana" and play public 
service announcements at regular 
intervals. 

KNWD recruited at Freshman 
Connection to tell students about 
deejay interest meetings. Students 
fill out applications stating their 
music interests, available hours, 
etc., Stephens said. 

If local bands send in their mu- 
sic, KNWD will review it and play 
it if they like it. The station has 
several hundred CDs and probably 
around a thousand LPs to play on 
the air, Stephens said. 

Anyone at NSU, the Scholar's 
College or LSMSA can have a show, 
Stephens said. 

Gattie and Shelton plan to 
continue with the show next se- 
mester, but they may have to re- 
consider the name - Shelton, who 
is a liberal independent, said he will 
vote Republican because his dream 
president, Stephen Colbert, was 
removed from the South Carolina 
race. 





Photo by Larry Pierce/Current Sauce 

Top: Paul Shelton's dream 
president, Stephen Colbert, 
did not make the Democratic 
ballot, but Tim Gattie can 
still hope for his presidential 
dream team: Condoleeza Rice 
and Rudy Giuliani. 



Photo by Larry Pierce/Current Sauce 

Left: Sophomore liberal arts 
major Paul Shelton and se- 
nior English major Tim Gattie 
are the hosts of "Asses and El- 
ephants." On their show, they 
play music by Killswitch En- 
gage, Dry Cell, Me First and the 
Gimme Gimmes, and Simple 
Plan between debates. 



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Have hair and do not know 
what to do with it? Why not cut it 
off for a worthy cause? 

The Baptist Collegiate Ministry 
is having a beard auction hosted by 
Matt May on Nov. 14. 

The BCM is looking for guy 
volunteers to grow a beard or let 
their hair grow out to be cut or 
shaved off to raise money for mis- 
sions. 

The bidding will start at $3 and 



the person with the winning bid 
will get to shave their beard or head 
into some kind of design or name. 
The hair will then be disposed of in 
garbage bags. 

BCM is planning a mission 
trip to Central America during the 
2008 spring break. They plan to 
work with missionaries by doing 
prayer walking in villages off the 
regular path and working with the 
children. 

"We figured that it would be 
fun and a great idea for college guys 
to not shave for a while, because we 



don't like to shave too often," May 
said. 

May said he is hoping to have a 
good turnout, so there is no way to 
predict who will be the winner. 

"It is important for the people 
who are going overseas to minister 
to these people," participant Aaron 
Stanley said. "Sometimes these 
fundraisers are the only way they 
can raise money." 

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'The Mysterious Orient' on display at Hanchey Art Gallery 

Art professors travel to China, photography exhibition reception Wednesday 




Bobbie Hayes 

Stali Reporter 

Art Professor Michael 
Yankowski and his wife, Joanne, 
spent June 2007 roaming across the 
flowing landscape of China. 

Along their way, like anyone 
visiting a foreign country, they cap- 
tured as much of their adventures 
on film as possible. 

Unlike the usual tourists, how- 
ever, the Yankowskis' pictures are 
not just family snapshots but true 
works of art. 

The photography will be on 
display from November 5-16 in 
Gallery 2 in the NSU Art Depart- 
ment. 

Mr. Yankowski received the 
Donald F. Durby Endowed Profes- 
sorship, which is designed "to pro- 
mote, enlarge, strengthen the fac- 
ulty's knowledge/skill" by funding 



studies or trips for either a music 
or art faculty member, according to 
the NSU Web site. 

The Yankowskis touched land 
after their 24-hour plane ride and 
immediately set out to explore Chi- 
na. 

They spent time in Beijing and 
Chengdo, where a former student 
of Mr. Yankowski teaches at a uni- 
versity. 

"It sounds like a vacation, but 
it was actually a lot of work because 
the purpose of the trip was the pho- 
tography exhibit," Mr. Yankowski 
said. 

They also visited the home of 
the famously entombed terracotta 
soldiers in Xi'an and spent a week 
in Tibet. 

By the end of their discovery 
of China the Yankowskis had taken 
over 1,000 photos. The pair had to 
narrow their collection down to the 



31 stunning images that now line 
the Hanchey Art Gallery's walls. 

"I wanted to show the char- 
acters of China, like the bride or 
a vegetable girl, while Joanne was 
more interested in the architec- 
ture," Mr. Yankowski said. "We both 
wanted to really show the flavor of 
the country." 

The collection shows both mod- 
ern and traditional sides of China. 
There are scenes of the Great Wall, 
Tibetan temples, rare pandas, and a 
Chinese bride clearly bubbling with 
excitement all in bright, vivid col- 
ors that all but dance across their 
white display walls. 

Mr. Yankowski hopes that stu- 
dents will walk away from the ex- 
hibit excited about the world and 
eager to visit new places. 

For more of the Yankowskis' 
photos from their exploration of 
China, visit michaelyankowski.net. 







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Black Crowes perform in Bossier City 

Our opinions editor offers a personal account of his experience at the show 



Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

On Oct. 27, The Black Crowes 
delivered their brand of blues- 
based rock to a sold-out crowd at 
the Riverdome in Bossier City. 

A night that had every inten- 
tion of being nothing more than an- 
other rock show quickly morphed 
into a religious experience, and no 
one had any problems going along 
with the vibe. 

Although 1 had never been in- 
side the Riverdome, I felt I already 
had a special relationship with the 
place because the Riverdome is lo- 
cated inside the Horseshoe Casino, 
where I've experienced some of the 
most unsurpassed victories and the 
most painful defeats of my entire 
life. 

The Horseshoe Casino is like 
an ex-girlfriend that cheated on 
you but you just can't seem to leave 
alone, especially when you've been 



drinking. 

I prayed that things would not 
come to that once the show was 
over. 

We arrived around 6:15 p.m. 
and were greeted by ticket scalpers 
and a line of 
concert folk 
that stretched 
into the main 
lobby. 

The gen- 
eral admission 
show was sold 
out. 

My friend 
hadn't ar- 
rived with the 
tickets, and 
the line was 
growing at a 
phenomenal 
rate. 

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people you get to share your expe- 
rience with: the concert folk. 

The Riverdome did not disap- 
point. 

The Buffalo Killers opened the 
show and 
really im- 
pressed a 
lot of people 
who were 
previously 
unaware t pf j 
them, in- 
cluding my- 
self. 

The Buf- 
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are a three- 
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with a raw 
southern 
rock sound 
from Ohio, 
and they really got the crowd danc- 
ing. 



During the 30-minute inter- 
mission, my friends and I worked 
our way up to the very front for the 
Crowes. 

The concert folk were growing 
impatient waiting for the headlin- 
ing band, a highly emotional time 
where fights tend to break out, usu- 
ally over spilled beer or stepping on 
someone's toes. 

Luckily, a fight never broke out, 
but an older woman who obviously 
spent too much time in the sun and 
too little time in front of the mirror 
told me to get out of her way before 
her boyfriend beat me up. 

Miserable hags like her are the 
reason that God invented pepper 
spray. 

The Black Crowes took the 
stage, and the crowd went wild. 

Frontman Chris Robinson's 
long hair and beard made him look 
like Jesus in a T-shirt and blue jeans, 
and - in the right kind of mindset 
- you probably couldn't even tell 



the difference. 

No one would argue the fact, 
however, that he sang like an angel. 

Robinson's brother and guitar 
player, Rich, hobbled on crutches 
to a stool on r of the stage. 

The Cro\. a 100-minute 

rock n' roll revival and played most 
of their radio hits, including "Rem- 
edy," "Jealous Again" and a 23-min- 
ute version of "Thorn In My Pride." 

The Crowes encored with their 
most recognizable tune, "Hard to 
Handle." 

For over an hour and a half, the 
crowd threw its hands to the sky 
and moved its body to the beats of 
the music in an intimate celebra- 
tion of being alive in that particular 
place at that particular time. 

Our language hasn't produced 
a word that gives an experience like 
that any sort of justice. 

Thank God for rock and 
roll, and thank God for the Black 
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Unreleased Madonna tribute CD 'surprisingly good 



Richelle Stephens 

Sauce Reporter 

I rarely come across a tribute 
CD worth a second listen. 

"Through The Wilderness: A 
Tribute to Madonna," however, is 
worth hundreds of them. 

Whether you love or hate the 
Queen of Pop, this tribute is sur- 
prisingly good in its delightfully 
different way. 

Showcasing a combination 
of independent artists who added 
their individual flair to Madonna 
classics spanning her illustrious 
career, "Through The Wilderness" 
is unlike any tribute CD I've had 
the fortune - or, in some cases, the 
misfortune - of listening to. 

Instead of employing artists 



who create music identifiable with 
the Madonna sound, artists on the 
complete opposite side of the musi- 
cal spectrum were selected to con- 
tribute. 

Bands like Mountain Party, the 
Chapin Sisters and the Bubonic 
Plague have songs on the album. 

Although it seems as if a bunch 
of unknown indie rock hipsters 
with acoustic guitars, obsolete tape 
decks and even sitars would be an 
unlikely choice for a tribute to one 
of the greatest artists in pop music 
history, in reality this tribute works 
very well. 

Low fidelity and high fidelity 
production meshes in a glorious 
union of recycled - albeit beloved 
- Madonna staples. 

The synthesized '80s sound 



of "Into The Groove", one of my 
personal favorites, was modern- 
ized and given more of a dirty and 
scratchy drum-heavy feel. 

The ballad "Crazy For You" was 
completely reinvented with a sitar- 
laden Indian sound, courtesy of Li- 
ons of Panjshir. 

Normally a saccharine love 
song, the 1984 hit "Borderline" was 
remade into a hauntingly beautiful 
addition to this compilation. 

The thick-as-honey vocals of 
the Chapin Sisters complete with 
serene acoustic guitars, cellos and 
banjos made for a memorable piece 
and is undoubtedly the standout 
track. 

Other noteworthy tracks on 
"Through The Wilderness," include 
"Who's That Girl" by the Bubonic 



Plague, which reminds me of a well- 
worn cassette tape played through 
a child's tape deck; "Live to Tell" by 
Winter Flowers, complete with a 
mellow guitar solo at the end; and 
an acoustically-charged "Hung Up" 
by the Tyde, another personal fa- 
vorite. 

The last selection surprised 
me most of all because many of the 
remakes on the compilation were 
songs from Madonna's earlier al- 
bums, and "Hung Up" is still fairly 
new. 

"Through The Wilderness" will 
be available Nov. 27 on CD and on 
iTunes. A portion of the proceeds 
will benefit Madonna's Raising Ma- 
lawi charity, which strives to help 
over one million orphans in Malawi 
in Africa. 




Photo by Scott Bass/Current Sauce 

The cover for "Through the Wilderness" features an image rep- 
resenting Madonna as part of the tribute. 






Photo by Scott Bass/Current Sauce 

Members of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra performed at the annual Pops Concert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Friedman Student Union Ballroom. The musicians played 
songs from "Wicked," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Chronicles of Narnia" and wore costumes to fit the "Halloween" theme. 



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November 7, 2007 




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Ideological reeducation taught in dorms 

University of Delaware's 'treatment' breaches students' constitutional rights 



Rev. Chris Watts 

Senior Journalism Major 
Opinions Editor 

This past Halloween certainly 
proved to be a scary one, thanks to 
an appalling University of Delaware 
program of ideological reeducation 
geared towards the "treatment" of 
students' personal attitudes and be- 
tefs. 

According to a press release 
ky the Foundation for Individual 
Eights in Education (FIRE), the 
'treatment" requires approximately 
'000 students living in the univer- 
iity's residence halls to adopt and 
accept highly-specific university 
approved views on politics, race, 



sexuality and morals 

The program - referred to by 
the university's official materials as 
"treatment" - is an unconstitution- 
al breach of University of Delaware 
students' rights to freedom of con- 
science and should be immediately 
debarred. 

The university imposes its be- 
liefs on students living in the eight 
residence halls through mandatory 
training sessions, floor meetings 
and one-on-one meetings with 
their resident assistants, who have 
been intensively trained by the uni- 
versity. 

During their "diversity facilita- 
tion training," the university clearly 
defines the word racist to the RA's 



as "'one who is both privileged and 
socialized on the basis of race by a 
white supremacist (racist) system. 
The term applies to all white peo- 
ple (i.e., people of European 
descent) living in the United 
States, regardless of class, gen- 
der, religion, culture or sexual- 
ity." 

This information can all 
be found online through the 
University of Delaware's Web 
site. 

According to the ideology 
reeducation program's materi- 
als, RAs are encouraged to ask 
students intrusive questions 
during one-on-one sessions such 
as, "When did you discover your 



sexual identity?" 
RAs then file reports on the stu- 
dents to their superiors. 

According to FIRE, students 
are required to 
"take actions 
that outward- 
ly indicate 
their agree- 
ment with the 
university's 
ideology." 
These ac- 
tions include 
displaying 
specific door 
decorations, 
advocating for an "oppressed" so- 
cial group and advocating for a 




Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



"sustainable world." 

On the surface, this program 
is a breach of the Constitution that 
completely dismantles the open fo- 
rums of new and diverse ideas that 
should be promoted by colleges. 

In a Supreme Court decision in 
West Virginia Board of Education v. 
Barnette (1943), Justice Robert H. 
Jackson confirmed, "If there is any 
fixed star in our constitutional con- 
stellation, it is that no official, high 
or petty, can prescribe what shall be 
orthodox in politics, nationalism, 
religion or other matters of opinion 
or force citizens to confess by word 
or act their faith therein." 

The University of Delaware 
views its students as morally dis- 



eased in dire need ofthe "treat- 
ment" it can provide them. This 
should be unacceptable, especially 
to the students of the university. 

How many constitutional 
rights will we allow to be infringed 
upon before we begin taking up for 
ourselves? 

Sadly, the answer is too many. 
Waging class warfare has always 
been a favorite staff of the sheep- 
herders that lead the war on indi- 
vidualism. 

If our generation doesn't start 
recognizing our rights and speak- 
ing out against these infringements, 
we're going to wake up in line at the 
slaughterhouse and it will already 
be too late. 



Television Wasteland 



Tori 1 add 

Guest Columnist 

Sophomore Journalism Major 

The media influences and af- 
fects the attitudes and behavior of 
young children, because it is being 
over-viewed throughout the na- 
tion. I do agree that too much mass 
media leads to children's short at- 
tention span. 

The world is making everything 
(or children extremely easy. Kids 
cannot sit still for thirty minutes 
without getting cranky, because 
they don't have anything to occupy 
their time. Younger generations do 
not know how to just play outside 
ind have fun; everything they do 
onsists of electronics. 

When I was younger, I could 
lot watch TV until a certain time 
and I could not watch it for long, 
{something inappropriate were to 
tome on, I could not watch it. My 
nom used to say "do not watch too 
nuch TV because your eyes will 
jet bad." 

Silly then, but now I under- 
stand. As an adult, I love to read 
and if the TV is on, it's because I do 
not want to be in complete silence. 
My mother would reinforce read- 
ing and listening to different types 
of music, and weekends were park 



days. 

With all the mass media going 
on today, it seems like it is dropping 
the IQ level of kids. According to 
"Mass Media in a Changing World" 
by George Rodman, mass media 
and TV damages children intellec- 
tually and emotionally. TV also re- 
inforces violence, stereotypes and 
is overall a lacking edu- 
cation programming. 

Stereotypes are 
definitely the one thing 
the world needs to get 
away from. On TV, they 
have categories for ev- 
ery person of color and 
how they "assume" they 
should act. Children 
absorb everything they 
hear and see. Those 
types of inappropriate labels keep 
the stupidity going, simply because 
kids repeat it at school or in anoth- 
er public place. 

Children watch TV and, most 
of the time, mimic what they saw 
thinking that it was cool. TV is 
becoming such a wasteland when 
it could be used for more positive 
things. 

When I was in grade school, 
we had to learn everything by hand 
and we did not get to use the calcu- 
lator until high school. Now teach- 




ers start teaching kids how to use a 
calculator. 

I asked my 12-year-old cousin a 
math question and she told me she 
did not know then went straight for 
the calculator. My next question 
was if she knew how to work it on 
paper. She answered no and told 
me the teachers teach them with 
calculators. 

Parents need to 
expose their children 
to the non-electron- 
ic side of life. Expos- 
ing them to music, 
books and the great 
outdoors will do 
children some good. 

Although elec- 
tronics play in a big 
part of our life, there 
is such a thing as over usage. TV 
and all electronics are not bad; it 
only becomes bad when it handi- 
caps and hinders people. 

That is what the overabundance 
of electronics is doing. Decreasing 
the use of electronics can bring 
children's attention spans back. 
If we all work together we change 
this. Children are our future and it 
is our best interest to prepare them 
correctly. If you would like more 
information on this topic please 
check out www.sayyestono. 



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NSU fails to deliver quality 
entertainment to students 



Alex Michael 

Freshman journalism major 
Guest Columnist 

C'mon NSU, Scrap Metal? 

For the first time in 18 years, 
Prather Coliseum rocked thanks 
to some of the '80s's most popu- 
lar musicians. Too bad it's 2007. 

Jude Jams '07's feature band, 
Scrap Metal, was probably not the 
most popular choice for a concert 
at NSU. 

Though an avid rock 
fan, I couldn't even name 
five songs by Slaugh- 
ter, Nelson or Night 
Ranger, the three bands 
Scrap Metal's musicians 
originated from, and I'm 
sure 95 percent of NSU 
students couldn't either. 

I know a big reason 
why the turnout wasn't 
too high is due to the 
chosen performers. 

I was all set to blame these 
once heralded '80s rock stars with 
a title along the lines of, "Scrap 
Metal, Minus the S." This, however, 
is not a bashing ofthe band at all. 

Whether you like '80s rock 
or not, credit has to be given to 
the guys in Scrap Metal for tak- 
ing the time out of their busy 
lives to put on a show in little ol' 
A Natchitoches to raise money in 



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search of a cure for cancer. So in 
that aspect, kudos to Scrap Metal, 
Truejams Charity Inc. and NSU 
for raising the money they did. 

Despite all the good the concert 
did accomplish, it was still a dud in 
my mind. NSU - and Natchitoches 
in general - are not notorious for 
drawing big entertainment. 

A few years back, Percy Sledge 
performed "When a Man Loves a 
Woman" at the Christmas Festi- 
val, but he looked 
like he was hovering 
around 120 years 
of age, so I was too 
busy hoping he 
wouldn't keel over 
to listen to him. 

Earlier in the 
school year, Cupid 
visited NSU to per- 
form "The Cupid 
Shuffle," but since 
that's the only song 
anyone knows, peo- 
ple lost interest about five minutes 
in. 

The point is, NSU needs to 
work harder to bring some current 
musicians to Natchitoches, and we 
shouldn't have to wait every 1 8 years. 

Hopefully in 2025, when the 
next concert in Prather Coliseum is 
scheduled, the students will know 
more about the performer(s) than 
their parents. 




Michael 

Columnist 



Opposing 
views 
from 




Asses and Elephants 



Paul Shelton 

Sophomore liberal arts major 
KNWD Host 

I do not like the fact that a person 
in Louisiana can go out to vote but 
doesn't have to cast a vote for each 
race on the ballot. With the excep- 
tion of amendments, I think people 
should vote for every race on the 
ballot. 

I understand that an uninformed 
vote can be worse than no vote at 
all, but I also think that information 
about candidates, their platforms 
and campaigns are actually very ac- 
cessible to voters right now. 
There are still other things that 
need to be done to make it easier 
for people to be as informed as 
possible, but the fact remains that 
information is out there. People in 
this state and this country need to 
take voting seriously, go out and 
find the information that is out 
there and make an informed deci- 
sion about who should be attorney 
general, governor and even presi- 
dent. 

We are supposed to be a beacon of 
democracy to the rest of the world; 
yet we are one of the worst exam- 
ples in the world of people actually 
participating in the democracy. You 
A have the right to vote. Use it. 




Paul Shelton 

KNWD Host 



Opinions are written by 
students of NSU and do not 
necessarily represent the 
opinion of anybody 
but themselves. 



Tim Gattie 

KNWD Host 



Tim Gattie 

Senior English major 
KNWD Host 

I understand that [the ass] has a full 
plan that he believes would elimi- 
nate voter ignorance, but even if 
you buy into that his argument still 
doesn't hold. 

What if voters know the entire can- 
didates in a single race and truly 
don't want to vote for any of them? 
Should your other votes be dis- 
counted because of that? 
Of course not. 

Moreover, there is no possible way 
of voting and being fully informed 
in every race. This means that in 
some cases, people shouldn't vote. 
An uninformed vote is worse than 
no /ote at all. 

In a perfect world, maybe [the ass's] 
plan would have merit, but we don't 
live in a perfect world and our laws 
have to be taken into account. The 
right to vote is an inherent right of 
any free republic, but with it goes 
the right to abstain. 
Whether we abstain in protest, in 
ignorance or in a conflict of inter- 
est, it is our right to do so. If we co- 
erce the population into voting on 
issues, they don't feel right voting 
on are we truly upholding freedom 
at all. 



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Demons 
continue to 
puzzle... 

Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Um... What? Did that really 
happen Saturday afternoon? Did 
the NSU State Demons nearly 
knock off an 
SEC school? 

Sure, it's 
been a crazy 
college football 
season where a 
couple of Foot- 
ball Champi- 
onship Subdi- Miller Daniel 
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have knocked off Football Bowl 
Subdivision teams. 

Sure, it is only Ole Miss. 
They're not that good. They're on 
the bottom of the SEC East. 

But let's not forget that Ole 
Miss took Florida to the wire, only 
losing by six points to the Gators, 
the defending BCS National Cham- 
pionship. 

They also gave Missouri all 
they could handle, and they're No. 
6 in the latest BCS standings. 
So how did the Demons fair so 
well? 

NSU is one of the wackiest, 
most inconsistent team in college 
football. 

They started off the year strong, 
winning two games against strong 
teams in Henderson State and Cen- 
tral Arkansas - the No. 2 team in 
the conference. Then they lost in a 
blowout to a 2-7 Northeastern, 49- 
14. Yeah, that's right, 2-7. 

They followed that with a 
blowout loss to Texas Tech. Yeah, 
everyone expected that. Maybe still 
reeling a bit, Scott Stoker took his 
team to Nicholls, where last year 
they shut out the Colonels for the 
first time in years. Not so much this 
year, getting blown out 58-0. Since 
then, Nicholls has slid to 5-4. 
Granted, their top three quarter- 
backs went down with injuries, and 
four NSU interceptions were re- 
turned for touchdowns. 

The Demons then returned 
home and beat Southeastern in an 
impressive rebound win. But then 
they laid another egg against Sam 
Houston, getting blown out again. 
And then by Homecoming, the De- 
mons seemed like a broken team 
that just couldn't pull out the close 
one at home. 

Which brings us back to Satur- 
day. Scott Stoker's offense - led by 
Drew Branch and Germayne Ed- 
mond - put up 499 yards. 

Really, the Rebels won on the 
strength of a kickoff return for a 
touchdown and an interception by 
Edmond that set up another Ole 
Miss score. That 14-point swing, 
along with a Jasper Edwards' punt 
return for a touchdown that was 
called back on a penalty made the 
difference in the game. 

Let's not forget, Ole Miss is an 
SEC school. Even if they're a bot- 
tom-of-the-barrel team, we can all 
be impressed with NSU's play. 

Sure, NSU alumnus Ed Orgeron 
may be one of the worst coaches in 
the conference, but it's still an SEC 
school. The SEC is without a doubt 
the best conference in major col- 
lege football. It's on a whole other 
level than what we're used to seeing 
here. 

The SEC has more talent, depth 
and quality coaches than anything 
close to what's seen in FCS play. 

If the NSU Demons had played 
as well as they played Saturday, 
maybe they wouldn't be sitting at 3- 
6 and near the bottom of the Con- 
ference. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore 
journalism major. The views ex- 
pressed do not necessarily represent 
those of the entire Sauce staff or 
those of the university. 




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NSU to host SLC tournament 

Demons aim to extend streak in tourney p/av 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demons soccer team 
has never lost a Southland Confer- 
ence Tournament game at home in 
the 11-year history of the program. 

The squad will look to keep 
that streak alive as they host the 
tournament this weekend at the 
NSU soccer complex this weekend. 

The Demons earned their 11th 
straight bid in the tournament on 
Sunday by defeating Central Ar- 
kansas 2-0 on Saturday. 

With the win, they clinched 
the No. 4 seed in the tournament 
despite finishing fifth behind UCA. 

The Sugar Bears completed a 
successful season, finishing 5-4 in 
the conference and finishing fourth 
ahead of NSU. Yet, they were ineli- 
gible for tournament play because 
it is their first year in the confer- 
ence. 

They got their two scores from 
true freshman Jenny Perdomo and 
sophomore Madeline Hall in what 
head coach Jimmy Mitchell de- 
scribed as a tight game. 

"It was a very stressful win," 
Mitchell said. "With the level of 
stress for the players and the emo- 
tions of senior day, I feel like we 
tired at the end of both halves but 
maintained a strong will to win." 

They were rewarded in their 
final regular season home game, 
a day special to the seniors on the 
squad. 

"On a day honoring our se- 
niors and their outstanding accom- 
plishments, we got to see a glimpse 
of the future of the program with 
freshmen scoring a goal and adding 
an assist and a sophomore picking 
up an assist," Mitchell said. 

Mitchell's squad will square 
off against the No. 5 seed, South- 
eastern Louisiana on Thursday at 7 



p.m. 

Students will be admitted free 
of charge and are encouraged to 
come out to help give the Demons 
home field advantage. 

Student fans have been a key 
to NSU's home field advantage this 
season, 

They are 6-2-1 at the NSU 
Soccer Complex this season. The 
soccer program team has enjoyed 
more success in their 11-year his- 
tory than any other in-state school. 

Demon soccer has made four 
NCAA tournament appearances in 
its 11-year history, while no other 
team in the state has made more 
than one. The program has been 
one of the most successful at NSU 
since the program was started in 
1996. 

Six teams received bids to the 
SLC tournament. 

McNeese and SFA, the first 
two seeds in the tournament, re- 
ceive first round byes on Thursday 
and will face off against the lower 
seeded teams on Friday. 

The tournament will kickoff 
Thursday with the number three 
seed Texas-San Antonio taking on 
the No. 6 seed Sam Houston State. 
The winner will take on number 
two- seeded SFA on Friday at 7 
p.m. 

The winner of NSU-SLU will 
face off against McNeese in the 
semi-final match Friday. 

The championship game will 
be played Sunday at one. 

Students who participate in 
the Demon Rewards program will 
receive double rewards points. Stu- 
dents also get in free with valid stu- 
dent I.D. 

For all others in attendance, all 
day passes are $8 for adults and $6 
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The NSU women's baskeJ 
team will square off against Arkau» / / / 
Monlicello in their season opener Satuw 
at 12 p.m. 

The Lady Demons arc pick* 
finish third in the SLC. 

They are coming off of an 8* 
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Demon basketball returns to Prather C | 
seum Nov. 14. 

The Demons will square off against U Li 
at 7:45. They will be returning from 
Stanford Tourney, where they will I 
UC-Santa Barbara. Stanford and Harv; 
The Demons are picked to win the 
again this year, coming off of a 9 
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Senior Kara McCoy watches a speech on a computer in the communications lab on Monday, the day 
of the lab's grand opening. McCoy is also tutors in the lab. 



David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 

The Department of Language 
and Communication held the grand 
opening of the NSU Communica- 
tions Center this past Monday. 

Located in room 337 in Kyser 
Hall, the Communications Center 
is made up of three rooms. 

The center's primary room 
consists of a sitting area - where 
groups can plan for projects or pre- 
sentations or have tutoring sessions 
- and a computer area for working 
online, have access to a printer or 
edit presentations, head of the De- 
partment of Language and Com- 
munication Lisa Abney said. 

The other two rooms serve as 
studios for users to actually prac- 
tice and record their presentation, 
which allows the users to review 
their mistakes and become more 
familiar with their speech. 

The center is open to all majors 
and the community as well, and can 
be useful to anyone looking for a 



tutor, anyone needing to practice a 
speech or a graduate student need- 
ing an area to record their defense 
to their thesis, said Abney. 

Because the Communications 
Center is located next to the NSU 
Writing Lab - which is also direct- 
ed by the Department of Language 
and Communication - Abney 
wishes students will take advantage 
of both facilities to form an effec- 
tive "one-two punch" for their stud- 
ies. 

The center's equipment, which 
includes two DVD recorders and 
web-cams, cost between $25,000 
and $30,000, which was paid for by 
student lab fees, said Abney. 

The goal of John Foster, direc- 
tor of the Communications Center, 
was to provide a both "state-of-the- 
art and professional" atmosphere 
for users. 

As a result, Foster said it is safe 
to say that NSU's new center can 
compete with other "elite" centers 
across the nation that have already 
been established for years. 



As word of the Communica- 
tions Center spreads across the 
NSU campus, Foster said he hopes 
the center will "help promote an 
emphasis on oral presentations" in 
professors' curriculums. 

The Department of Language 
and Communication recently re- 
ceived a grant that will allow the 
center to obtain even more tech- 
nological tools and hopefully add 
more studios, so that the center 
may eventually be capable of reach- 
ing out to fellow NSU campuses, 
Foster said. 

"We are always looking for 
ways to improve and willing to try 
any new technology to help a stu- 
dent," Foster said. 

Because of a lack of workers, 
the center's hours are currently 
limited, though Foster plans to 
eventually set the hours of opera- 
tion Monday through Friday from 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Anyone interested in working 
at or finding out more about the 
center may call 357-4646. 



Group dynamics class take 
part in two service projects 




Submitted by Samantha Flowers 

Members of NSU Disaster Recovery Team Brandy Whitefield and 
James Brown, Jr., prepare to paint a house in Lake Charles. 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

On the weekend of Nov. 2-4, 
two groups of students from the 
Communication 3120 Group Dy- 
namics class organized service 
projects to assist victims of Hurri- 
cane Rita and helped Natchitoches 
Habitat for Humanities. 

Forty-one students traveled to 
Lake Charles to assist the United 
Methodist Committee On Relief 
(UMCOR). 

"The hardest part was recruit- 
ing, and at first we didn't think we'd 
have enough funding, because the 
school was iffy about students go- 
ing down there," Samantha Flow- 
ers, senior biology major, said. 

Flowers said the class instruc- 
tor, John Foster, assistant professor 
of language and communication, 
received a grant that ended up cov- 
ering the cost. The group also cre- 
ated a Service Learning Fund for 
future projects. 

Three groups were organized 
to complete different tasks for UM- 
COR. 

One group helped a Lake 
Charles resident move everything 
out of her house. Leonard Porche, 
senior general studies major, said 
the house had not been touched in 
two years. 

Another group painted a Lake 
Charles resident's house. Two 
groups of ten painted the interior 
and exterior of the house. Flow- 



ers said the homeowner has been 
working on their house since the 
hurricane. 

The third group traveled to 
Cameron to help clean a resident's 
yard. Nate Darville, criminal jus- 
tice major, said the group of 10 cut 
down a tree, pulled out overgrown 
bushes and broke up the bricked 
foundation. 

"After the result, painting the 
inside and outside [of that house], 
helping out in Cameron, helping 
the lady take her stuff out of her 
house, I think we all felt good about 
it," Sammiaa Shields, junior educa- 
tion major, said. "I think it's defi- 
nitely something they're gonna try 
to continue." 

The Habitat for Humanity 
group, consisting of six class mem- 
bers and 57 volunteers, dug foot- 
ings to stabilize the foundation to 
pour concrete at a housing devel- 
opment on Amulet Road. 

"[Natchitoches Habitat for 
Humanity] was very grateful. They 
were surprised, I think, that so 
many turned out, and they worked 
so hard," Kara McCoy, senior gen- 
eral studies major said. "The people 
that were there, you could tell, re- 
ally wanted to help." 

Both groups will present their 
organization to President Randall 
Webb on Dec. 4 in the Cane Riv- 
er Room of the Friedman Student 
Union from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

The meeting is open to the 
public. 



Former ethics professor plagiarizes students' work 



Jim Mustian 

Sauce Reporter 

A former endowed professor 
who taught journalism ethics at 
NSU last year was caught plagia- 
rizing quotes last week in a Sunday 
column he writes for "The Missou- 
rian" newspaper. 

John Merrill - a professor 
emeritus at the University of Mis- 
souri-Columbia - admitted to lift- 
ing at least three quotes and part of 
a statement from the school's inde- 
pendent student newspaper, "The 
Maneater." 

Merrill said his actions were 
unintentional and he simply forgot 
the attributions. 

But a review of his recent col- 
umns uncovered at least five similar 
instances of quote stealing, accord- 
ing to a column written Friday by 
Tom Warhover - executive editor 
at "The Missourian" - apologizing 
for Merrill's negligence and an- 
nouncing the discontinuation of 
his column. 



The story - first reported 
Monday by The Associated Press 
- made headlines this week and 
has elicited a reinforcement of ethi- 
cal principles in the journalism de- 
partment at NSU. 

The disclosure of Merrill's pla- 
giarism also comes at a time when 
new technology and virtually un- 
limited Internet access have ush- 
ered in new concerns regarding 
academic dishonesty. 

Head of the Department of 
Journalism Paula Furr referred 
to the incident as a "very serious 
breach of journalism ethics." 

Faculty members will meet 
this week to discuss the issue and 
its ramifications. 

"That credibility can be so eas- 
ily lost," Furr said. "Your reputation 
is what you have in life, your good 
name, 

"This should remind all of us 
of how easy it might be to inad- 
vertently plagiarize or not quote a 
source correctly." 

Merrill began his distinguished 



teaching career in 1951 at NSU. He 
left 10 years later and has since 
taught at numerous universities. 

He saw the world through his 
work, lecturing in Egypt, South 
Korea, Taiwan and numerous other 
countries, according to his biogra- 
phy. He has penned 30 books and 
more than 100 journal articles dur- 
ing six decades of work in journal- 
ism. 

He returned to NSU in 2006 
to teach as the journalism depart- 
ment's first recipient of a $1 million 
endowed chair, money donated by 
Erbon W. Wise and his wife, Ma- 
rie. 

Wise gave $400,000 to the 
NSU Foundation and the Louisiana 
Board of Regents Support Fund 
matched that figure with $600,000 
of its own. 

Furr - a retired U.S. Army of- 
ficer - said it was humbling to work 
with Merrill and compared his 
presence at NSU to having a "four- 
star general" in her department. 

She described him as "an ex- 



tremely intelligent man, extremely 
well-read and knowledgeable in a 
broad liberal arts sense." 

While she maintains regu- 
lar contact with him, she has not 
heard from him since the incident 
and said she sympathizes with his 
situation. 

"It's certainly tragic for a man 
of Dr. Menu's stature and back- 
ground to have an incident like this 
be one of the final actions... to bring 
into question an otherwise sterling 
career of publication, being very 
committed to the ethics of journal- 
ism," Furr said. 

Associate professor of journal- 
ism Mary Brocato has known Mer- 
rill for 40 years and said his recent 
plagiarism in no way characterizes 
him. 

"Ethics is what he is," she said. 
"We need to look at all 60 years and 
not be so judgmental." 

Although well respected 
among his colleagues, his effective- 
ness might be diminishing over the 
years. 



Merrill insisted in a written 
apology to his editors Thursday 
that he was incognizant of any pla- 
giarism in his column. 

"I always am sensitive to [pro- 
viding attribution]," Merrill wrote 
in a letter published by "The Mis- 
sourian" Friday. "I thought I had 
done it in that column and was re- 
ally surprised when [the editors] 
called me in to find that I had ne- 
glected to do this." 

Brocato said such mix-ups 
might be attributed to age. 

"Now keep in mind, he's in his 
80s," she said. "When you're writing 
it's easy to get your own thoughts 
cluttered with things you've read." 

In one of his many publica- 
tions, Merrill referred to ethics as 
"not even a concrete concept" but 
"ephemeral and relative." 

"When I talk about ethics, I'm 
talking about my values relative to 
a very limited situation at a particu- 
lar time" he added. 

Kera Simon contributed to this 
article. 





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Lawyers tell pre law students 'real deal stuffy 

Pre-law workshop held to inform and prepare aspiring law students for field 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

The Future Black Law Students 
Association (FBLSA) hosted their 
annual pre-law workshop on Nov. 
7, bringing three Natchitoches 
lawyers to speak to students about 
what it takes to get in to law school 
and succeed in the field. 

The workshop was held in the 
Cane River room of the Friedman 
Student Union, where free book- 
lets and magazines on the law field 
information about different law 
schools were given to all who at- 
tended. 

The three lawyers who spoke 
at the workshop are all graduates 



of NSU. The first was Billy Joe Har- 
rington, who practices criminal 
law. 

Harrington shared his experi- 
ence in working in a small town like 
Natchitoches. He said it is hard to 
specialize, so it is best to "do a little 
bit of everything." 

He gave some tips on how stu- 
dents can prepare themselves for 
law school and advised working 
as a clerk in a law firm of personal 
interest to help pad their resumes 
and gain experience. 

The second speaker was Cloyd 
Benjamin, who deals with criminal 
and civil matters and specializes in 
personal injury law. 

"I knew that most of the stu- 



dents here are aspiring law stu- 
dents," Benjamin said. "I wanted 
to speak to them about what to 
prepare for, the real-deal stuff... I 
wanted to bring a down to Earth 
perspective... and convey how law 
school can be very rewarding." 

Benjamin told the 20 attendees 
they do not have to be straight- A 
students or be a political science 
major. 

It is important to develop good 
study skills and practice analytical 
thinking, and he also advised them 
to find the law school that best suits 
them. 

"Leave your arrogance at the 
door; bring your faith and be per- 
sistent," Benjamin said. "That's the 



most important advice I can give 

H 

you. 

The final speaker was Marcus 
Jones, vice president of university 
affairs and a business law attorney. 

"The first year in law school is 
by far the hardest," Jones said. "You 
will go through pure hazing. The 
professors try to break you so they 
can build you back up." 

Jones also discussed law op- 
portunities outside of the court- 
room. He talked about how his 
legal background has helped him 
with his current job as vice presi- 
dent of university affairs. 

He spoke about the differences 
in his work as a business lawyer and 
the two other litigators who spoke 



before him. Jones also advised that 
it is best to attend graduate school 
before law school. 

Junior business major Kendra 
Williams said she was not a mem- 
ber of FBLSA but has always had an 
interest in law. 

"I feel much more prepared," 
Williams said. "(This workshop] 
taught me about the different law 
fields... and I am definitely going to 
grad- school now." 

Jones is also the faculty advisor 
of the FBLSA. He said he mostly of- 
fers advice to the students, but they 
do most of the work. 

"The students took the initia- 
tive to get things organized and 
contact the speakers," Jones said. 



"It was all them." 

FBLSA holds the pre-law 
shop every fall and a free LS' 
workshop every spring for an] 
interested in law. They also 
tend a Southern University 
house in February. 

"We give out free inform; 
to those who are interested in 
senior psychology major and 
SA president Jason Early said. 

FBLSA has about 12 regl 
members and meets every Im 
day at 5 p.m. in the Student Ua 
lobby. The group is open to all ■ 
dents interested in the law fiel 
Applications can be picked up| 
weekly meeting, and applicanl 
required to have at least a 2.0 



In with the new, but still keeping the old 

Plans to purchase new siren intended to add to level of campus securit) 



Kelly Miller 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU is planning on spending 
between $40,000 - $50,000 on new 
sirens to alert students, faculty and 
staff when there is a crisis on cam- 
pus. 

The new siren is "absolutely" in 
response to the recent tragedies at 
Virginia Tech, executive assistant 



to the president Robert Crew said. 

The campus is already 
equipped with a siren that has not 
been used in the past 15-20 years. 
The old siren, located on top of the 
power plant, will be tested during 
the holiday break to see if it can be 
heard all over campus. 

If the siren cannot be heard 
in some areas of the campus, the 
school will purchase a new siren, 



Crew said 

"We have a number of people 
who we have a responsibility to," 
NSU President Randall Webb said. 

The sirens will be used to alert 
people of severe weather condi- 
tions in addition to any other crisis 
that could impact people on cam- 
pus. 

The new siren will be added to 
the old siren to ensure all areas of 



the campus will be able to be noti- 
fied in the event of an emergency. 
Infomercials will run on NSU22 
along with sounds on the NSU Web 
site to allow people to hear the dif- 
ference in the sounds the sirens 
make so they know what action to 
take when the siren goes off. 

The idea for this siren came 
from a similar device used by Flori- 
da State University. 



"We are not trying to reinvent 
the wheel; we are just trying to 
make sure it all works," Crew said. 
The school has already spent $700 
to replace the batteries in the old si- 
ren. The sirens run on battery back 
up so they can be used in the event 
of a natural disaster. 

Webb and Crew plan on meet- 
ing with the mayor of Natchitoches 
so the school and the city can work 



together in setting up the si 
The City of Natchitoches wi 
putting sirens up all over the p 
to alert citizens of natural disast 
Crew said. 

Some of the sirens the 
plans on putting up may not I 
the entire campus. In this case, 
sirens on campus will be movei 
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Police shoo away some 


a lost child near Martin 


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skateboarders from the 


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building one of University 


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18 years, 26.2 miles & 1C8 boats 

Annual rowing marathon draws more than 400 competitors 



Photos by Lauren Sciba/Current Sauce 

Left: Assistant rowing coach Jim Rudd displays the calluses he has earned in his years of rowing. Middle: Women's varsity rowers 
race at the marathon. Right: Sophomore nursing major Molly Mclnnis and senior biology major Jessica Craig pose. 




Photo by Lauren Sciba/Current Sauce 

Rowers load a boat onto the trailer after the race. 



More than 400 competitors 
from around the U.S., including 
Georgia, Florida, Kansas and Ten- 
nessee, launched boats into Cane 
River Lake on Nov. 10 to row the 
26.2 miles from Melrose Plantation 
to downtown Natchitoches. 

This year, the Marathon Row- 
ing Championship (MRC) - the 
only rowing marathon in the coun- 
try - hosted 108 boats, including 
three from NSU. 

Amid Christmas lights dan- 
gling from the Church Street 
Bridge and unpredictable Novem- 
ber weather, the regatta celebrated 
its 18* anniversary. 

"Natchitoches is very pretty 
- you've got all those things you 
can look at... as you're going up 



the course," NSU assistant rowing 
coach and competitor Jim Rudd 
said. 

Rudd, two alumni and a pro- 
fessor represented NSU in one boat 
in the race, in addition to the col- 
legiate team. 

The regatta is not for the faint 
of heart, as months of training and 
preparation are necessary to con- 
quer the distance. Because Cane 
River Lake has no current, rowers 
only have their own strength to as- 
sist them in their journey. 

NSU rowers prepared for the 
grueling race by training 20,000 
meters on rowing machines in ad- 
dition to regular practice. 

"The best way to get through 
the marathon is to train for it," 
Rudd said. 

Rudd has competed in all 18 
MRCs to date but still remembers 



each one. 

"[The first time] you really just 
want to realize a point A to point 
B," he said. "Don't try to set a record 
or anything like that." 

Rowing is a sport heavily based 
on tradition. Because the motion 
of the boat is reliant on the team 
working perfectly in unison, team 
unity is also a large part of crew 
culture. 

In crew, boats are called shells. 
Shells are the most common entries 
in the marathon; however, this year 
the race included seven kayaks and 
two canoes. 

Rowing consists of two disci- 
plines: sweeping and sculling. In 
sculling, each rower has two oars 
with which they propel the boat. 
NSU crew primarily practices 
sweep, where rowers only have one 
oar. In the sweep discipline, shells 



are pairs (two rowers), fours (four 
rowers) and eights (eight rowers). 

Some boats also have a cox- 
swain - a person who sits either in 
the bow or stern where he or she 
steers the shell, calls commands 
and motivates the rowers. 

The record time the marathon 
has been completed is two hours 
and 42 minutes. This year, the fast- 
est time was three hours and four 
minutes. Weather conditions vary 
from year to year, even from hour 
to hour during the race, and can 
impact the time it takes to finish. 

"Twenty-six miles, what do I 
think about? How long my hands 
are going to last," Rudd said. "The 
thing to worry about more than 
anything is your hands and your 
butt." 

An MRC tradition is the gumbo 
cookout at the end of every race. 



elping hands bring basketball, bingo to fall festival 



|rittany Byrd 

uce Reporter 

Active kids, loud music and 
members filled the ballroom 
the Friedman Student Union 
sday night for the Third Annual 
ping Hands Fall Festival. 
The event provided an 
portunity for all organizations on 
pus to get involved in Service 
rning Week. 

"This festival shows diversity 
unity," Helping Hands adviser 
ie Flanagan said. "It's not just 
keeks, non-Greeks and service 
pnizations. It gives students a 
pay to come together as one." 
To promote the festival, 
Iping Hands volunteers dropped 
flyers at local elementary 
hools, contacted the Boys & Girls 
ub and advertised the event on 



the radio. 

Kim Vanmatre said her son 
Dylan begged to come. 

"We had never been and 
wanted to see what it was about," 
Vanmatre said. 

Dylan, 8, was one of the first 
kids to arrive at the festival and 
said that basketball was his favorite 
event. 

"I wanted to come because 
my school passed out fliers, and I 
thought my friends would be here," 
he said after sinking his first shot of 
the night. 

The night's most popular games 
were Delta Sigma Theta's cakewalk 
and Helping Hands's basketball 
shoot-out. Others included NABJ's 
Build-a-Bag, Circle K's bingo, and 
Tri Beta's Decorate-a-Cup. 

In total, children had 11 
different booths to visit for candy 



and fun throughout the evening. 

NSU's NAACP chapter 
volunteers for the festival every 
year, president Jason Early said. 

This year they entertained kids 
by playing musical chairs. NAACP 
supports the carnival because it 
provides a safe environment for 
kids to play at night, Early said. 

"As families come in, they 
can see what productive college 
students are doing to help the 
community," Flanagan said. 

This year the number of kids 
participating in the Fall Festival 
was lower than in years past. One 
reason: The Boys and Girls Club 
didn't bring their usual large group 
of kids, Flanagan said. 

"We appreciate the support of 
the participating RSOs," Flanagan 
said. "We hope to continue this 
collaboration for years to come." 




Photo by Brittney Fink/Current Sauce 

Members of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority volunteer their time at the fall festival Thursday 
night, handing out rubber ducks to participants. 



Strictly speaking, NSU debaters take tournament honors 



iKelli Fontenot 

Ife Editor 

Sophomore liberal arts major 
feul Shelton and freshman liberal 
arts major Toni Menard placed 
Kcond in National Parliamentary 
Debate Association debate at the 
LSUS tournament Friday and Sat- 
prday. 

Thomas Bolton placed 10th 
[overall in International Public 
Pebate Association debate at the 
pnament, Shelton said. 

Senior computer informa- 
|on systems major Matthew Miles 
umpeted with senior English ma- 
IrTim Gattie as a varsity team. 

Miles - the speech and debate 
^am president - did not partici- 
Ite in speech and debate in high 
Ichool, but he decided to join the 
lam at NSU because he enjoys 
lublir speaking. 

Being part of the team has 
ken an educational experience for 

Hps. 

"It taught me about research," 
Idiles said. "It taught me about criti- 



cal thinking, how to 
think creatively. A 
lot of things that we 
debate are policies, 
different things that 
may be going on in 
the world today." 

Shelton - the 
team's secretary - 
competed in speech 
events at his high 
school in Columbia, 
La., but the meth- 
ods are somewhat 
different in college. 

High school de- 
baters can research, 
prepare and write 
their cases before 
the tournament, 
but college debat- 
ers rely almost ex- 
clusively on com- 
mon knowledge, 
Shelton said. 

NSU speech 
and debate won first place at the 
Tarrant County Community Col- 
lege competition in Fort Worth, 




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NSU Speech and Debate members pose for a quick group picture at the first champion- 
ship tournament of the semester. (Back row) Jon Croghan, Thomas Bolton, Jessica Hollier, 
Tim Gattie, Tammy Croghan. (Front row) Nicole Grissom, Paul Shelton, Toni Menard. 



Texas, Shelton said. 

The team held meetings ev- 
ery night during the week prior to 
the tournament to prepare for the 



LSUS debate, Gattie said. 

Debaters do not just argue 
their cases; they also participate in 
individual events such as extempo- 



raneous speaking, 
impromptu speak- 
ing, after-dinner 
speaking and com- 
munication analy- 
sis, Gattie said. 
In impromptu 
speaking, the 
speaker has two 
minutes to choose 
one of three top- 
ics and prepare a 
five-minute speech 
based on what he 
or she knows about 
the subject, Miles 
said. 

At the LSUS tour- 
nament, one of the 
topics for NPDA 
was the metaphor, 
"Tonight, this 
house will dine in 
hell." 

The debaters had 
to come up with an 
interpretation of the metaphor and 
present a seven-minute affirmative 
speech, which was followed by con- 



structive cases and rebuttals. 

Gattie and Miles discussed the 
fact that by granting equal mar- 
riage rights to homosexual couples, 
the U.S. federal government would 
"dine" in Dante's hell, Gattie said. 

In extemporaneous speaking, 
the speaker has 30 minutes to find 
research from at least 10 sources to 
support an assigned topic and write 
a five-to-seven minute speech, 
Miles said. 

The team plans to compete at 
tournaments in Texas, Oklahoma 
and Louisiana next semester, Shel- 
ton said. 

NSU speech and debate 
coaches Jon and Tammy Croghan 
are professors in the language and 
communications department. 

Students interested in joining 
NSU speech and debate can also 
contact Shelton at pshelton001@ 
student.nsula.edu, Miles said. 

The speech and debate team 
meets to practice every Tuesdays at 
8 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. 
in room 400 Kyser Hall. 




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UPCOMING 
SAB EVENTS: 



November 15: 
Casino Night 
Free Food, poker, black 
jack, craps, Roulette 
Wheel, Great Prizes! 
7pm 

Student Union Ballroom 

November 26: 
Movie Night 
Sodas & Candy 
"Rush Hour 3" 
8pm 

Student Union Ballroom 

November 28: 
Winter Wonderland 
Build a Bear, snow 
globes, refreshments 
12-2 
Student Union 
Ballroom/Lobby 

November 29: 
Christmas around the 
World: Diversity Mixer 
Foods from around 
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Life Edit 
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November 14, 2007 



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Absurdist drama 'captured by cast' 



Mary Manno 

Sauce Reporter 

Stranded at sea, the cast of 
"Endgame" embodies true absur- 
dity. 

The one-act play by Samuel 
Beckett displays the relationships 
of four characters and their inter- 
actions with one another because 
of a desolate outside world. 

Directed by Scott Burrell, 
"Endgame" consists of a powerful 
cast that weaves pain and despair 
into the performance. 

This piece of absurdist theatre 
could also be viewed as a dark com- 



edy. 

Senior theatre major Matt 
Guido portrays the part of Hamm, 
who finds fulfillment in controlling 
the comical Clov, played by senior 
theatre major Robert Johnson. 

Hamm is blind and confined to 
a recliner on wheels. 

He relies on Clov for his basic 
needs. 

Clov is trapped in Hamm's de- 
mands, and constantly obeys his 
orders. 

Both of the actors seemed to 
capture the spirit of their charac- 
ters. 

The audience responded well 



to the different types of humor of 
Hamm and Clov. 

Hamm's father and mother are 
the other two characters in the play, 
and have opposite personalities. 

Nagg, played by junior theatre 
major Regan McLellan, is the more 
comical parent. 

McLellan captured Nagg's 
strong and outspoken personality. 

His complete opposite is his 
wife Nell, played by freshman the- 
atre major Kimberly Cascio. 

Her spirit has been exposed to 
the nothingness of the world and is 
defined by sadness. 

Nell's distant emotions were 



brought out in Cascio's perfor- 
mance. 

The whole play was reminis- 
cent of several types of disasters, 
although it has been related to 
post-Katrina happenings in New 
Orleans. 

It showed a dramatic aftermath 
that could be compared to Harmo- 
ny Korine's film "Gummo," a film 
based on Xenia, Ohio after it was 
hit by several tornados at once. 

Both pieces contain a haunt- 
ing, almost dreamlike feel. 

More importantly, both piec- 
es follow characters who seem 
trapped in a continuous rotation of 



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their own lives. Opini< 

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styles of all four characters. 1 ;lt 'Vbuddie' 
character feels the unchanging and i n t e rne 
uneventful life they live in, and only (j rowse 
have freedom in their dreams and,f or r em 
past experiences. profile 
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surdity of "Endgame" is captured 
by the cast, and is combined with 
laughs along the way. 

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The university choir and symphony orchestra received a 
standing ovation at their fall concert Tuesday night in Magale 
Recital Hall. 

Burt Allen directed the University Choir and NSU symphony 
orchestra in an hour-long performance of "Hodie," a cantata 
composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams. 

The group has been practicing this work since the beginning 
of the fall semester. Members of the group will travel to Alexan- 
dria after Thanksgiving Break to perform it a second time. 

Soprano Terrie Sanders, Tenor Michael Rorex, and baritone 
Chris Gilliam were the featured soloists. Rorex and Gilliam 
directed the Men's and Women's Chorus groups Monday night. 





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Students give back 

SAB serves community with a smile 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

The Student Activities Board 
(SAB) hosted Service Learning 
Week last Monday-Friday. 

The events were planned by 
the service learning committee, led 
by senior health and exercise sci- 
ence major Allison McCloud. 

"Service is definitely a big part 
of who I am," senior business ad- 
ministration major and member 
of the service learning committee 
Cory Terrell said. 

Service Learning Week was the 
result of a lot of planning; the com- 
mittee had been putting together 
the weeklong events since the sum- 
mer, Terrell said. The committee 
also had the help of graduate stu- 
dent Alan Sypert and the Wellness 



Recreation and Activities Center 
(WRAC) in planning events such 
as the Fun Run. 

Terrell said he really enjoyed 
watching the chalk artist and the 
musicians at the end-of-the-week 
function, and he would call the 
weeklong project a success though 
he is relieved now that the week is 
over. 

"It's nice to see an event you've 
worked so hard on come to pass," 
Terrell said. 

Senior psychology major Ra- 
shad Smith joined the service learn- 
ing committee, because he likes to 
help people, which explains why 
his favorite event was the canned 
food drive. He said he even enjoyed 
counting the cans, which added up 
to over 6,100 cans, SAB member 
and senior scientific inquiry major 



Robin Williams said. 

Phi Mu won the canned foot 
drive contest with about 4,000 cam 
alone, Smith said. 

Senior hospitality, manage j 
ment and tourism major and mem 
ber of SAB and Demon VIP Rod 
erick Wilson said he pitched ii 
with the events of Service Learnil 
Week when he could, which in 
eluded the canned food drive. 

As part of Demon VIP, WJ 1 
son distributed paper bags arouni 
campus to allow the faculty to par 
ticipate in the food drive, whid 
was a change. 

It is important to give back ti 
others, Wilson said. He focused oi 
giving back to the community rath 
er than on winning the food drivi 
contest, because he is grateful to bi i\ 
where he is. 



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ev. Chris Watts 

toior Journalism Major 
)pinions F.ditor 

When I was in high school, my 

mddies and I occasionally used the 

kternet to pick up girls. We would 

irowse the AOL member directory 

ir females that fell within specific 

rofile characteristics and initiate 

unversation. 

Following the initial contact, 

re would make arrangements to 

neet with our Internet interests 
fited n,j a j cw Q f tnc j r ( r i en d s . 

Our scheme didn't always work 
I ut for the best, but it did provide 
1 NSU ome cheap thrills, quality enter- 
;1 ,,ee linment and excellent stories. 

Before the rising popularity of 
ntemet dating sites, chat rooms, 
nd member directories where 
mailable to whoever had dial-up 
iternet access, these dating ser- 
ices managed to capitalize on a 
1 sncept that has always existed in 
3 inline culture. People aren't always 
m »ho they say they are. 

Men and women know this 
H id disregard it for 
m reasons. The 
J merits could out- 
3 teigh the costs, and 
| iometimes the thrill 
if finding out is all 
|H »t really matters. 

I had a friend 




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Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



tan of instant mes- 
inger. This guy was 
he smoothest In- 
emet talker we had 
ver seen. He was notorious, how- 
ver, for letting ridiculous grouping 



of words escape his mouth in real 
conversation. We would rely on 

him to arrange the meet- 

ings and would usually 
take it from there. 

Don Juan didn't have 
a car. One night, my friend 
and I dropped 
Don Juan off 
at the address 
of his latest In- 
ternet lust in- 
terest. I don't 
remember her 
exact screen 
name, but it 
was a clever 

manipulation 

of the phrases 
sexy, bunny and 69. 
Sexybunny69 claimed to be a 
tall, blond, athletically built, recent- 



ly divorced 32-year-old woman. 
Don Juan ended up walking 

seven miles in the 

rain to his nearest 
friend's house that 
night because sexy- 
bunny69 turned out 
to be over 50 and 
close to 300 lbs. 

Of course, the 
risks of online 
dating span 
beyond Don 
Juan's experience, 
especially for 
females. Plenty 
of healthy 
relationships and 
even marriages can 
result of online dating. Like it or 
not, online dating is here to stay. 



"These dating 
services have 
managed to 
capitalize on 
a concept that 
has always 
existed in 
online culture" 

-Chris Watts 



Amanda Duncil 

Freshman Journalism Major 
Guest Columnist 

Females seem to be slightly 
more inclined to the pros- 
pect of Internet dating. 
Many girls who get in- 
volved with dating over 
the Internet feel as though 
they cannot connect with 
the people around them 
in their social network at 
home or school. 

They are easily at- 
tracted to anyone who will 
relate to them and believe 
that the nice sounding 
people they meet on the 
Internet are actually who 
they claim to be. 



[ceirs 

to someone without ever seeing 
them, but in all actuality, it 
is equally easy to put on a 
facade when the other per- 
son can't see your face or 
hear your 
" voice. It's 
not dif- 
ficult to 
lie about 
yourself 
and say 
things that 
the other 
person wants to 
hear under these 
conditions. 

If I wanted to, I 
could find a strang- 
er through a Web 
service or instant 



"Every year, 
teenage girls 
go missing or 
are killed by 
someone they 
'trusted' over 
the net" 

-Amanda Duncil 



a random girl that I found through 
an image search and convince 
them that the picture is of myself. I 
would never have to fear any reper- 
cussions because it is highly likely 
that I would never run into the per- 
son in public; and even if I did, he 
wouldn't recognize me. 

Unfortunately, a public meeting 
wouldn't be so harmless in many 
instances. There are far too many 
social predators who prey on young 
girls and women for anyone to feel 
safe talking to a stranger online, 
let alone actually agreeing to meet 
them. 

Every year, teenage girls go 
missing or are killed by someone 
they "trusted" over the net. 

Most social Web sites have a 
section that warns about giving out 
personal information and tips on 
ways to keep safe while still having 
fun. Despite the 
Web site's efforts, 
this information 
usually gets ig- 
nored. 

Predators are 
smart and know 
how to get the 
information they 
want using words 
like "trust" and 
"love" to lure the 
victim into a false 

sense of security. 

More needs to be done in order 
to prevent more women from be- 
coming statistics and not just from 
various media. Parents need to be 
aware of these threats and talk to 
their children about how to keep 




Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 



It is easy to become attached messenger, send them a picture of themselves safe online. 



ar in Iraq proves to be poor use of tax dollars 



Heath Boddie 

bphomore Education Major 
iucst Columnist 

The Iraqi war is a failure. A fail- 
re of pre, and more importantly 
ost, war planning by President 
lush and the State Department 
:ombined with the Department of 
Defense. The Iraqi war is also a fail- 
ire of Colin Powell, who was Sec- 
retary of State at the time. 

But most importantly though, 
t shows a failure among 81 House 
Democrats and 29 Senate Demo- 



crats who voted to give the autho- 
rization to invade Iraq to President 
Bush. 

The Iraq war has cost the 
American taxpayers over $468 bil- 
lion dollars as of Oct. 31st. 

This money could have been 
used to continue the rebuilding of 
New Orleans; to send more low 
socio-economic students to col- 
lege for free; to spend more money 
in the education area to train and 
keep highly qualified teachers. 

Maybe it could have been used 
to actually produce a universal 



healthcare program for the poor 
and working class; or any other 
sensible ways that half a 
trillion dollars could be 
spent. 

Instead it is being 
sent to a war zone, which 
is becoming more like an 
endless black hole, that 
we shouldn't be at in the 
first place. 

If not the price tag, 
human losses in the re- 
gion due to the war are at 
sickening levels. The Iraqi war has 



cost the lives of 3,859 American 
troops' deaths, along with more 
than 600,000 esti- 
mated Iraqi civilian 
deaths. And those 
are conservative 
estimates, which is 
sad. 

Many people have 
come out in strong 
opposition to the 
Iraq war, includ- 
ing former United 
States Secretary 
of State Madeleine Albright, all of 




Heath Boddie 

Guest Columnist 



the major democratic candidates 
for president, current Republican 
Congressmen, presidential candi- 
date Ron Paul of Texas and even 
another former Secretary of State 
Colin Powell calls his support for 
the Iraq War a major blot on his re- 
cord. 

The opposition to the Iraq War 
is also shared by over 65 percent 
of Americans, which should be a 
strong indicator to President Bush 
that he has failed there. 

When President Bush took of- 
fice, he turned a budget surplus left 



by President Clinton into the larg- 
est deficit ever recorded. We, as 
Americans, will be paying for that 
debt until the day we die. President 
Bush destroyed the diplomacy ties 
and goodwill that President Clin- 
ton built up while he was in office 
by starting this senseless war. 

President Bush has called this 
war a defining moment in Ameri- 
can history'... the only thing 'defin- 
ing' about this war is your legacy 
tied to this war, which is turning 
into more of a quagmire than a suc- 
cess story in the Middle East. 



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craziness in 

college 

football... 

Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Not to sound like a broken re- 
cord, but the 
NSU Demons 
have puzzled 
me again. 

After hav- 
ing their top 
two quarter- 
backs knocked 
out with inju- 
ries in the first 
half Saturday, they took the No. 4 
team in the country to the wire, los- 
ing to McNeese 27-21. 

Really? It seemed as if they 
had played the game of their lives 
against Ole Miss, a team they 
should have beaten if not for two 
botched touchdowns and some un- 
lucky breaks. 

I expected the Demons 
wouldn't have been able to rebound 
after such an emotional loss against 
a more talented team. 

The loss didn't affect their play 
against McNeese, despite facing a 
team with national title hopes and 
having to rely on a walk-on quar- 
terback for an entire half. 

Carson Martinez led the De- 
mons to 262 second-half yards 
against the best defense in the 
Southland Conference. 

This proves something to me. 

The NSU football team is as 
talented as any team in the Football 
Championship Subdivision. They 
went shot for shot with the SLC 
champ and top-five team, and tal- 
ent is what carried them to that. 

So with all this talent, what 
gives? Why the disappointing sea- 
son? 

For the sake of speculation, you 
could call it coaching, or you could 
call it the attitude or discipline of 
the team. That's all really a matter 
of opinion. 

But after two disappointing 
seasons in a row following an SLC 
championship campaign, it's a deci- 
sion to be made by NSU president 
Randall Webb and athletic director 
Greg Burke. 

But, let's move on to something 
a little more lighthearted sports 
fans. 

The Demons take the field Sat- 
urday to try and regain the largest 
rivalry trophy in college football, 
Chief Caddo. 

Believe it or not, the Demons 
should win this one, as Stephen F. 
Austin is the worst team in the con- 
ference at 0-10. 

This is an intense rivalry, 
steeped in history that connects 
both Natchitoches and Nacogdo- 
ches. Look to the right of this page, 
and you'll see what 1 mean. 

So did anybody see Illinois beat 
Ohio State? 

When I was reminded of the 
match-up, I thought, "Hey, Illinois 
could really win this game." 

Maybe a week ago, you'd call 
me crazy. But let's face it; the Uni- 
versity of Florida wronged Ron 
Zook when the fired him. Everyone 
is willing to talk about other coach- 
es winning with players recruited 
by previous coaches, but no one 
talks about Urban Meyer. 

Meyer won the national cham- 
pionship with players recruited by 
- yep, you guessed it - Ron Zook. 

So when Juice Williams threw 
four touchdown passes to beat the 
Buckeyes, it didn't shock me at all. 
That's college football ladies and 
gentleman. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore jour- 
nalism major. The views expressed 
do not necessarily represent those of 
the entire Sauce staff or those of the 
university. 




Miller Dani 
Sports Editfj 
mdanielOO 1 @student.nsula.ed 
November 14, 20C 



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Despite their 2-0 opening round loss to Southeastern, Demon soccer has a lot to look forward to. With key players such as Meghan 
Hunter (21), who played an important role in her freshman season returning next season the Demons will look for future success. 

Demons welcome SLC tournament field 



Fletcher Johnson 

Sauce Reporter 

After a strenuous season, the 
Demon soccer squad found itself 
the No. 4 seed in the Southland 
Conference tournament. 

One key factor in this was 
home-field advantage. 

NSU hosted the tourney at 
the Demon Soccer Complex. Mc- 
Neese State entered the tourna- 
ment as the No. 1 seed and earned 
a first-round bye. The Ladyjacks of 
Stephen F. Austin followed in as 
the No. 2 seed, also earning a first 
round bye. The University of Texas 
at San Antonio earned the third 
seed. Southeastern netted the No. 



5 seed, and barely making it in was 
Sam Houston State with the 6th 
and final spot. 

In the opening game of the 
tournament, UTSA blanked the 
Bearkats 1-0, moving them into the 
semifinals against SFA. 

The Demon duo of Erin Her- 
bert and Natalie Waguespack, who 
were named to the All-Southland 
Conference First team, hoped to 
lead their team to the NCAA tour- 
nament for the second time in 
three years. Hebert was also named 
Southland Conference player of 
the year, leading the conference in 
assists (8), finished second in total 
points (28) and game winning goals 
(4), and third in goals scored (10), 



according to nsudemons.com. 

Things looked good for NSU, 
since they tamed the Lions in the 
regular season 2-1 in overtime. 
SLU, however, wanted revenge and 
downed the Demons 2-0 sending 
them to the semifinals to face the 
top seeded Cowgirls. 

You would think to give Mc- 
Neese the advantage, but SLU gave 
the Cowgirls its only conference 
loss in the regular season. McNeese 
certainly remembered that and 
wouldn't allow it to happen again, 
earning itself a spot in the champi- 
onship match after a 1-0 win. 

The Ladyjacks followed behind 
McNeese, earning a spot in the 
championship after beating UTSA 



1-0 in the second semifinal game. 
And the championship match fea- 
tured the co-conference champi- 
ons of the regular season. McNeese 
State defeated SFA in the regular 
season in Lake Charles 1-0, giving 
them the top spot in the tourna- 
ment. 

The Ladyjacks completely 
turned things around and smashed 
McNeese 3-0. 

Erika Palmacci of SFA was 
named Most Valuable Player of the 
tournament. 

SFA will represent the Southland 
Conference in the NCAA tourna- 
ment Thursday at 6 p.m. in Col- 
lege Station, Texas, where they face 
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As fog lingered on Cane Ri« 
Lake early Saturday morning, II 
boats launched in near Melrdft^- /U 
Plantation for the 18th anm|< 
Marathon Rowing Championshi' , ^4' 
With memories of gold medajrid out 
from the last two MRC races, NSk 0V j e re 
sent three boats into the collegi^^ ou ^ 
divisions of the regatta, no P' n 8kason 
follow suit. _ 

Although NSU won no gl» 5 
this year, all three boats complett 
the 26.2-mile race with respectab 




times. The varsity men clock! 

in at three hours and 19 minut(j.t&t£a 

placing fourth out of five. 

The varsity women crossed 1 
finish line after three hours 
forty minutes, just seven minutjj 
after rival Tulane. 

"We were ahead of Tulane fot 
long time, but then they just crtj 
up on us," varsity rower and seni 
Sadie Wintersteen said. 

The novice men and won 
rowed a mixed boat, finishing: c 
four hours and two minutes, nrww th 

While NSU is accustomed 
facing crews like Tulane, Te»( 
A&M and the University of Texi 
this weekend showed the * eani ^* , { n g 
still adjusting to new rower l int ' u neetine 
and race jitters. [ a u ever 

"We were really nervous | 
first," Wintersteen said. "We w 
out too strong and lost it at 
end." 

Despite the victory slippl) 
through blistered hands, Wind 
steen said that finishing the maJ 
thon was a reward in itself. 

"I've never been so happy to 
the Church Street Bridge," she sai| 
"I was so relieved when I heard 
horn at the finish line." 



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Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Americas largest football to 
phy, Chief Caddo stands at 7 fei 
6 inches tall and weighs over 3f 
pounds. 

It was built in 1961 after Nij 
beat Stephen F. Austin. The L 
berjacks provided a 2,000-poi 
block of black gum, which 
carved by Harold Green of 
gansport (Pictured below). 

The trophy was named t 
Chief Caddo, the Native Amerii 
chief who, according to histoi 
Samuel Stewart Mims's book 
Sabinas," is said to have sent 
twin sons in two directions of eqi 
distance to set up sertlemenl 
These became the present day 
ies of Natchitoches and Nacogi 
ches. 

Each year, NSU and SFA hi 
or Chief Caddo by playing for tk 
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Greek life picks new recruiters 



Tori Ladd 

Sauce Reporter 

The Head of Sorority and Fra- 
ternity Life selected 10 NSU soror- 
ity and fraternity members to serve 
as Greek Ambassadors for the 
alumni and recruiting offices. 

Their term begins Jan. 29 and 
continues through the beginning 
of March. The purpose of a Greek 
Ambassador is to bring more stu- 
dents to NSU by working with the 
recruiting office. 

These representatives will help 
encourage potential NSU students 
to attend the university and to join 
a fraternity or sorority. They are 
not recruiting for one group; they 
are trying to increase awareness 
and interest in all of the Greek or- 
ganizations. 

Ambassadors will attend events 
such as Junior Day and Senior Day. 
There they will have the chance to 
talk to students as well as parents 



and tell them about all the positive 
things they do on campus. 

The Greek Ambassadors per- 
form the acts of community service 
and keep the school uplifted and 
high-spirited. 

One of their primary goals is 
to erase and dismiss the rumors 
and myths that people have about 
fraternities and sororities. They 
also want to discharge the negative 
connotation of racial issues and let 
everyone know that race does not 
matter. 

The ambassadors are trying 
to let everyone know that being 
involved in Greek life is like hav- 
ing a home away from home, and 
it opens doors for a person to be in 
other organizations on campus and 
helps them know people on the first 
day of school. 

The Greek Ambassador pro- 
gram started in November 2006. 
Since the debut of the Greek Am- 
bassadors, they have seen some 



improvement and have had a small 
increase in the sororities' numbers. 
The awareness has increased tre- 
mendously. More people now know 
what they are and what they do and 
know that they are definitely pres- 
ent on campus. 

To become a Greek Ambas- 
sador, someone has to submit an 
application and go through an in- 
terview process. Then a selected 
group of people reviews the evalu- 
ation. 

The requirements include ap- 
plicants be members of a fraternity 
or sorority for one year and have a 
2.5 GPA. 

There are a total of 16 sorori- 
ties and fraternities currently on 
NSU's campus. 

Greek Ambassadors consist of 
members from the Greek councils, 
including the National Pan-Hellen- 
ic Council, Collegiate Panhellenic 
Council and Interfraternal Coun- 
cil. 




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2007-2008 
Greek Ambassadors 

Adriah Delay 
Lindsay Maggio 
Kim Callien 
Joshua Oliver 
Hannah Salter 
Eddie Higginbotham 
Julia Anderson 
Marissa Guidry 
Allyce Hartt 
Nick Courville 





Fall 2007 
Exam Week Calendar 



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5:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesday Night Classes 



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8 - 10:30 a.m. ALL SECTIONS OF: 

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SCTT 1810-20, 2810-20 
SCTT 3810, 4810 - 20 
11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. 9:30 TR Classes 

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5:30 - 8 p.m. 3:30 TR Classes 

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8 H 10:30 a.m. 10 :00 MWF and MW Classes 

11a.m. -1:30 p.m. ALL SECTIONS OF: 
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5:30 - 8 p.m. ALL SECTIONS OF: 

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New VP position filled 



Kayla Wagner 

Sauce Reporter 

Darlene Williams has been 
named the vice president for tech- 
nology, research and economic de- 
velopment at NSU. 

As vice president she uses 
tools to facilitate the learning pro- 
cess over five main units, including 
electronic and continuing educa- 
tion, information systems, office 
of research sponsor programs, stu- 
dent technology and economic de- 
velopment. 

These units all relate to re- 
search technology. NSU is a school 
that uses a broad array of technolo- 
gy integration that helps provides a 
better learning experience for stu- 
dents inside and outside the class- 
room. 

An example of technologi- 
cal integration stands in a current 
contract NSU holds with Pilgrim's 
Pride. NSU offers academic course 
work and training sessions online 
i for Pilgrim's Pride and other com- 
i panies allowing their employees to 
j excel in their choice of concentra- 
I tion. 

This is a form of economic 



development that Williams super- 
vises, allowing NSU to reach out 
through electronic means. 

Students may not notice an 
immediate reflex since Williams 
has been named vice president of 
these units, but the services she is 
over affect each student and NSU 
as well as faculty. 

"NSU offers over 
400 class sections," NSU 
President Randall Webb 
said. "We have the most 
extensive distance learn- 
ing programs in the state 
and we are the most ef- 
fective in the South." 

Every student uses 
some type of informa- 
tion system that Wil- 
liams manages, such as 
the GPA calculator, ap- 
plication for admission, 
registration for classes 
and electronics used for 
checking out students 
for graduation all are a 
part of the five essential 
units that Williams oversees. 

Williams has played a promi- 
nent role working in academic de- 
partments by composing a large 



number of courses available online 
and training faculty to transfer their 
knowledge to students. 

"She wants to provide support 
for faculty and students to the busi- 
ness world allowing NSU to be- 
come a powerful economic engine," 
Williams said. "This connection 
will provide opportunity for faculty 
and students of NSU 
to play a key role in 
the state's premier 
technical source." 

Before Williams 
was named vice 
president, she was 
the director and 
coordinator of elec- 
tronic and continu- 
ing education. 

William's previ- 
ous experience and 
tremendous knowl- 
edge has made her 
the best candidate 
for this position. 

She also has ex- 
perience in manag- 
ing large budgets and areas that are 
peripheral to electronics. She dem- 
onstrates an excellent educator and 
administrator. 




Darlene Williams 

Vice President 
for Technology, 
Research and 

Economic 
Development 



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2 - 4:30 p.m. 

5:30 - 8 p.m. 



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11 a.m. H 1:30 
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5:30 - 8 p.m. 



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Aaron Nelms 

Sauce Reporter 

Just three shfcrt years ago 
many people had their lives turned 
upside down due to Hurricanes 
Katrina and Rita. Most living in 
the New Orleans area had ev- 
erything they owned destroyed. 
Now, the once passionate and 
talented musicians are without a 
place to continue with their music. 

On Saturday, The University of 
Louisiana System will be organiz- 
ing a day of service with the New 
Orleans Habitat for Humanity- 
Musicians' Village Project. 

The Musicians' Village is in 
New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward 



on eight acres of land. When the 
project is complete there will be 
approximately 70 homes for musi- 
cians displaced in Katrina and Rita. 

The University of Louisiana 
System has put the word out to 
all of its campuses for volunteers. 
NSU will have a large number of 
volunteers present as well as others 
from different Louisiana campuses. 

"I am going on this project to be 
able to help make a difference," NSU 
graduate adviser Kristen Carr said. 
"There are a lot of projects going on 
in and around the New Orleans area 
and they are always seeking help." 

In addition to organizing vol- 
unteers, the University of Louisi- 
ana System plans to have musical 



talent during the day and then treat 
the volunteers to lunch. The El- 
lis Marsalis Center for Music will 
also be a part of the Musicians' 
Village when it is fully complete. 

"As far as famous people at- 
tending the event, being in New Or- 
leans and around music, one never 
can tell who might show up," Carr 
said. "The Musicians' Village was 
chaired by Harry Connick, Jr. and 
Branford Marsalis. However, I have 
not been made aware of any special 
events with celebrities on that date." 

There are only 100 spots avail- 
able for the day of service, but peo- 
ple who are interested can register 
online for free at www.ulsystem. 
net. 



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The 81st annual Festival of Lights will be held on Saturday. Events 
will be held from 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Downtown attractions include arts 
and crafts, food, parade, carriage rides, holiday shopping and enter- 
tainment on the Fleur de Lis Stage on the riverbank. The Christmas 
lights will be on every night at dusk through Jan. 6, 2008. 



Friday, Nov. 30 

6 p.m.- Christmas Flotilla: Parade of lighted barges on Cane 
River Lake; Free admission 

6:30 p.m.- Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns on the Fleur 
de Lis Stage; Free admission 

Saturday, Dec. 1 

Christmas Festival- $7 adult, $5 children, age 6 & younger get 
in free 

7:45 a.m.- Santa Shuffle, 5K run 

10 a.m.- Junior Parade 

11 a.m.- After Eight on the Fleur de Lis Stage 
1 p.m.- Christmas Parade 

4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.- Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters 
6 p.m.- Fireworks perfomance 

6:30 - 9:30 p.m.- Johnny Earthquake and the Moondogs on the 
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'Santa on the Loose' at 2007 Christmas Gala 



Kelli Fontenot 

life Editor 

"Santa on the Loose" is the 
theme for this year's Christmas 
Gala, which will be presented by 
the NSU School of Creative and 
Performing Arts on Thursday and 
Friday. 

Performances take place 
Thursday at 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 7 
p.m., and Friday at 9:30 a.m., 7 p.m. 
and 9 p.m. in A.A. Fredericks Audi- 
torium. 

The Gala schedule includes 
performances by the NSU Jazz Or- 
chestra, NSU Percussion Ensemble, 
Wooden Soldiers, Rockettes and 
the NSU Theatre Combat Class. 

NSU's Demon Dazzlers will 



dance to a recording of "Carol of 
the Bells." 

The NSU Jazz Orchestra, di- 
rected by Douglas Bakenhus, will 
play "Jingle Bells Forever," "Parade 
of the Wooden Soldiers," "Sleigh 
Ride" and "A Christmas Festival." 
The orchestra will also play "O, 
Come, All Ye Faithful" during the 
choir's procession. 

The NSU University Choir, di- 
rected by Burt Allen, will also per- 
form Robert Shaw's arrangement of 
"God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen" 
and a version of "Silent Night" 
which Allen arranged himself. 

Some changes have been made 
to this year's program. The jazz 
band will perform twice; they will 
accompany the Rockettes with their 



traditional arrangement of "Ru- 
dolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." 

A few faculty members will 
make brief appear- 
ances onstage during 
the breaks between 
acts and senior the- 
atre major Rebecca 
Russell will sing a 
solo toward the end 
of the show. 

NSU theatre 
students will act out 
skits as part of the 
story for "Santa on 
the Loose," which 
was written by assis- 
tant professor Jessica 
Parr, professor of theatre Vicki Par- 
rish and theatre instructor Shawn 




Parr. Junior theatre major Ryan 
Hazelbaker, junior theatre major 
Tracena Collongues and freshman 
theatre major Josiah 
Kennedy will play a 
group of elves that 
come to NSU while 
they try to find Santa 
Claus, who has left 
his usual work at the 
North Pole to come 
to watch the Gala. 

The elves will 
come onstage to in- 
troduce each act, let 
the audience know 
how their search is 
coming along, and 
drop hints about the NSU theatre 
technicians' disapproval of cell 



phone use in the auditorium. 

Freshman theatre major Cor- 
win Barnes will play the part of 
Santa. Senior theatre major Tra- 
vis Fontenot, senior theatre major 
Senay Jackson, junior theatre major 
Megan Berry, sophomore theatre 
major Courtney Murphy and fresh- 
man theatre major ReShad Horton 
will play theatre technicians in the 
show. 

These students and the real 
technicians working behind the 
scenes have been working on their 
parts for the last few weeks and 
have met every night this week for 
rehearsals. 

"I have a lot of respect for peo- 
ple who have to do this all the time," 
said sophomore music education 



major Renee Jessup. 

Production manager Robert 
Graham, technical coordinator 
Shawn Parr and technical director 
Phil Kidd will be backstage during 
the Gala performance making sure 
everything goes smoothly. 

Performances will take place 
Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 7 
p.m. and 9 p.m. in A.A. Fredericks 
Auditorium. 

The theatre department will 
sell Christmas Gala T-shirts for $15 
in the A.A. Fredericks lobby. The 
shirts feature an image of a pair 
of binoculars and the text "2007 
Christmas Gala" in a color scheme 
that matches the Gala posters. 

Gala tickets will be available at 
the door for $7. 



New professor 'honored to return' to alma mater 



j Mary Manno 

Sauce Reporter 

New associate professor Mary 
Lynn Williamson of the college 
of education has finally returned 
home after 30 years. 

"I can't imagine a better way to 
end my career than to come back 
to the place that gave me my start 
uid try to do the same thing for the 
next generation," Williamson said. 

Originally from Leesville, Wil- 
Eamson graduated from NSU in 



1978 and continued to gain valu- 
able experience by working at nine 
different colleges and universities, 
including Tulane and the Univer- 
sity of Florida. 

Her career as a professor has 
allowed her to live all over the 
country. 

Williamson retired from her 
position as Vice Chancellor for Stu- 
dent Development at the Universi- 
ty of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 
June 2006. 

The University offered her a 



teaching job. 

In 2007, she found 
out that she would have 
the opportunity to re- 
turn to Louisiana and 
give back to her alma 
mater. 

Williamson said 
NSU is a place she is 
honored to return to 
since it helped her ac- 
complish her dreams. 

She said she felt 
like she owed some- 




thing to Northwestern. 

"Those programs 
gave me the life I 
wanted. It enabled 
me to have a great 
life, [and] the career 
I chose," Williamson 
said. 

Teaching allows 
Williamson to share 
a common interest 
with her students. 
She is currently 
graduate 



Mary Lynn 
Williamson 

Professor of Education teaching 



classes in counseling skills and stu- 
dent personnel. 

"I can't think of anything that's 
more fun than to talk about the 
things you've loved doing for 25 
years with young people who are 
just getting started and want to 
learn about that career," William- 
son said. 

Although teaching is William- 
son's passion, she also enjoys read- 
ing and following SEC football with 
her husband. 

Williamson is one of the new 



faculty members at the college of 
education who gets to interact with 
the current faculty members and 
share her ideas with them. 

The Dean of the College of 
Education Vickie Gentry "has put 
together a really nice collection of 
people" this semester, Williamson 
said. 

"She's bringing in people from 
a wide variety of new places, who 
have different kinds of experiences, 
new ways and new ideas. It's inter- 
esting and exciting." 





Kelli Fonteno 
Life Editoi 

kfontenot002@student.nsula.ed 
November 28, 200 



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Scott Brown is not your ordi- 
nary student. He has to handle to 
classes, a job and homework, of 
course, but add on top of that , he is 
a dad, a husband and an adventure- 
junkie with big plans. 

"I've been traveling since I was 
little," said Brown, a junior hospi- 
tality management and tourism 
major. 

The need to travel was instilled 
in him at a young age; he traveled 
around the U.S during summer 
breaks while his dad worked, re- 
modeling Wal-Mart stores. 

Brown is an avid motorcyclist 
and has gone on multiple motorcy- 
cle trips through Mississippi, Texas 
and Arkansas and planned other 
larger trips across the U.S. and even 
to the Panama Canal. 

The latter was planned and 
booked for summer 2005 but was 
put on hold when his father was di- 
agnosed with cancer. 

It has been rescheduled for 
summer 2007, and Brown is getting 
ready and excited. 

Fun is not the only purpose 
of this trip to Central America; 
he plans to gain experience of the 
sights, history and culture of the 
area while mapping out good trails 
for future tours. 

Brown hopes to begin leading 
groups on tours within the next five 
years through Central and eventu- 
ally South America as part of his 



TerraXpeditions program. He ex- 
pects his Central America trip to 
cost about $3,000 and he is always 
up for donations. 

TerraXpeditions is his second 
entrepreneurial project. 

Brown began by mapping out a 
trail of dirt roads through a nation- 
al forest that goes by plantations 
and then took people on tours for 
donations as part of his Louisiana 
Outback Trail program. 

This program has been put on 
hold due to lack of outside inter- 
est, time and money, but if interest 
picks up, Brown would like to give 
more tours and map the trail out 
further. 

He has made four trips in five 
years to Costa Rica with a short, 
last-minute trip to Nicaragua. 
Brown researched and planned a 
trip for his family as a high school 
sophomore. He later returned for 
a week-long sea turtle conservation 
volunteer program through Carib- 
bean Conservation Corp. and he 
was the first 17-year-old to be ac- 
cepted. 

Brown brought his wife along 
for the next trip for their honey- 
moon and then took part in a three 
week NSU ecotourism program in 
Costa Rica last summer. 

"A good combination of every- 
thing" attracted Brown to Costa 
Rica. The scenery attracted him the 
most, but the people, culture, tropi- 
cal weather, mountains and wildlife 
also contributed to his desire to go 
and keep going to the country. ' 



Brown added the trip to Nica- 
ragua during his last stint in Costa 
Rica because he was close enough 
to the country to make the trip; his 
primary reason for going, though, 
was "just to say I did," which em- 
bodies his laid-back attitude. 

His most recent adventure was 
with his family on the long drive 
from Louisiana to Colorado dur- 
ing the Thanksgiving break to en- 
joy sights like wildlife, a volcano 



in New Mexico and Pikes Peak in 
Colorado Springs. 

Brown enjoys living in Natchi- 
toches because of its proximity to 
outdoor activity grounds such as 
Red Dirt in Kisatchie Hills, To- 
ledo Bend and the Red River. He 
also likes that Natchitoches is far 
enough away from his hometown of 
Pineville to truly be away at school 
but still close enough to go home to 
visit. 



The university's hospitality 
management and tourism program 
is what attracted him to NSU, and 
it was one of few options. He said 
it was the only reputable program 
in which he was interested in Loui- 
siana, and others he talked to said 
NSU's program was one of the 
best. 

However, it was not his only 
option. Brown had looked into an 
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Myspace an 'invaluable 
tool' for musicians 



Kevin Clarkston 

Sauce Reporter 

People usually think of 
Myspace and Facebook as quick 
and easy ways to keep up with 
friends, join silly groups and post 
amateur photo sessions. For artists, 
however a Myspace can be one of 
the few ways that they can connect 
directly with their fans. 

From Fergie to Fall Out Boy, 
nearly every major artist has a 
Myspace page. 

For independent, unsigned 
bands, sites such as Myspace and 
the wildly popular Facebook pro- 
vide an inexpensive way to pro- 
mote upcoming shows, release new 
music and sell band merchandise. 

Myspace offers an artist signup 
feature, which allows bands to up- 
load four MP3 files and have their 
own URL address for free. 

The site's music section also of- 
fers a classified section where mu- 
sicians can buy or sell instruments, 
look for positions in bands, a top 
artists section displaying the most 
popular unsigned, independent 
and major label artists are in every 
state or country in the world, an 
artist directory, a way to find shows 
in your area and music forums for 
genres ranging from hardcore to 
hip hop. 

While bands cannot upload 
their music, Facebook allows bands 
to form group pages to post the lat- 
est news, photos, post discussion 
board threads and send out invita- 
tions for upcoming gigs. 

Such exposure is crucial, since 
local bands often lack the media 
access and promotion machinery 
major label bands have. 

"Myspace is a good tool," said 
Dave Combs, lead singer of local 
rock band 150 Franklin. 

"That is a great way for peo- 
ple [to find out about your band], 
'cause then you could say hey go 
to our Web site and you can hear 
some of our songs," he said. 




Photo credit: Kera Simon/The Current Sauce 

Students use social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook 
to check up on their favorite bands and artists. 

Terry Oliver, guitarist for An- yourself and your music," he said. 



other Reason and bartender and 
booker for The Fort Pub, also had 
positive comments. 

"Myspace is extremely impor- 
tant and useful, especially in a col- 
lege town. Eighty percent of the 
people here use Facebook," he said. 

Oliver also mentioned how 
Panic! At the Disco, who had never 
even played a live show, got signed 
to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's 
Decaydance label by sending him a 
link to their PureVolume website. 

While he didn't seem to be bet- 
ting on landing a record deal, Oliver 
said the social network is also help- 
ful in booking bands for shows. 

"I use it to research bands from 
Shreveport and Baton Rouge. I send 
them a message to see if they're 
interested in doing a show [at the 
Fort Pub]," he said. 

Oliver said he checks Myspace 
often for new music from regional 
bands, and that the site is usually 
the first form of contact between 
bands. 

When asked if there are any down- 
sides to using Myspace or Face- 
book, Oliver drew a blank. 

"It's a win-win situation. It 
allows you to instantly promote 



Chris Watts, lead singer and 
guitarist of The Mudflap lunkies, 
also spoke about the importance if 
Facebook and Myspace. 

"We use Facebook to send in- 
vitations to all of our shows, and it 
has really come in handy. We also 
have a fan club on Facebook, a 
group called Mudflap Junkies Kick 
Ass," he said. 

On its Myspace page the band 
advertises merchandise such as T- 
shirts bearing the groups logo for 
$15 and a recently recorded EP for 
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Combs' band does not cur- 
rently have music on their Myspace 
page, but are currently working on 
a CD. 

"We are working on getting 
a CD done that will hopefully be 
done in the next few months. It's 
pushed back, and pushed back and 
pushed back. Scheduling is our big- 
gest issue," he said. 

While being an unsigned band 
almost always includes a struggle 
to get profits and proper promo- 
tion, Myspace and Facebook serve 
as invaluable tools in helping local 
bands sell merchandise and convert 
strangers into fans. 



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Christmas is creeping up like 
Grinch in Who-ville at mid- 
;ht. From homeless shelter to the 
mrbs, people will get a chance to 
itch reruns of classic Christmas 
:ks on the television this holiday 
son. 

Gremlins" was released in 
by director Joe Dante 
rod features a young Corey 
feldman and Phoebe Cates. 
After receiving a bizarre 
Christmas gift, Pete (Feld- 
man) accidentally unleashes 
i gang of wild monsters on 
le city. Don' give them wa- 
fer, don't feed them after 
midnight, and don't expose 
km to sunlight! 

Home Alone" was 
»ritten by famous filmmak- 
i John Hughes and directed by 
'Gremlins" writer Chris Columbus, 
tacauley Culkin stars as Kevin 
tlcCallister, who is left behind af- 
i his family leaves on Christmas 
ication. He is forced to outwit the 
let Bandits," played by Daniel 
ffn and Joe Pesci. John Candy 
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makes also makes a cameo. 

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein- 
deer (1964) comes in at number 
eight and was originally released 
on television. Burl Ives is the voice 
of Sam the Snowman, the unforget- 
table narrator who tells the story of 
young reindeer who desperately 
searches for a place to fit in. Despite 
its age and cheesy stop-animation, 
this movie can still be enjoyed to- 
day by people of all ages. 

The late 
director George 
Seaton who was 
the radio voice 
of the original 
Lone Ranger 
first released 
"Miracle on 34 th 
Street" in 1947. 
A young lawyer 
defends in court 
a man who was 
arrested under 
suspicion of insanity for claiming 
to be the real Santa Clause. "Mir- 
acle" won Oscars for best support- 
ing actor, best original story, and 
best screenplay. 

"The Muppet Christmas Carol" 
is director Brian Henson's unforget- 
table adaptation of Charles Dick- 



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ens' classic novel. Henson's Gonzo 
portrays Dickens and narrates the 
story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Henson 
won an Oscar for best director. 

Bruce Willis plays John Mc- 
Clane in one of my all-time favor- 
ite holiday flicks, "Die Hard." The 
movie was released in 1988 and 
features officer McClane, arguably 
one of the greatest action heroes 
ever, kicking some major terror- 
ist tail. "Die Hard" was nominated 
for four Oscars and singlehandedly 
gave birth to the hostage genre of 
action films. 

Every Who down in Who-ville 
will agree that Dr. Seuss' animated 
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" 
comes in at number four. "The 
Grinch" was released on CBS in 
1966 and received mixed reviews 
by critics. The Grinch comes to 
realize the true meaning of Christ- 
mas after attempting to ruin it for 
the Whos by stealing their presents. 
The cartoon is now recognized as a. 
holiday classic. 

"White Christmas" was re- 
leased in 1954 and features actor 
Bing Crosby. Although it didn't 
win any awards, you can't deny the 
timelessness of this film, which is 
largely dedicated to its musical 



score. 

Director Bob Clark with struck 
Christmas gold with his 1983 film 
"A Christmas Story." This movie 
is loaded with unforgettable mo- 
ments and can be seen every year 
during its 24-hour television mara- 
thon. I try to catch it at least three 
times. The movie is set in the 1940s 
and narrated by an older version of 
its main character, Ralphie, who is 
obsessed with receiving a Red Ry- 
der BB gun for Christmas. 

"It's a Wonderful Life" was re- 
leased in 1947 and is everything a 
Christmas movie should be. In an 
attempt to earn his wings, the angel 
Clarence shows suicidal business- 
man Charles Baily, played by James 
Stewart, what life would be like if 
he had never been born. "It's Won- 
derful Life" was nominated for five 
Oscars. 

For those already familiar with 
these holiday favorites, check out 
"The Santa Clause" and "Yes, Vir- 
ginia, there is a Santa Clause." 

If you're looking for a more 
recent Christmas comedy, I recom- 
mend "Elf" and "Bad Santa." The 
movies on this list, however, can 
and probably should be viewed 
again and again at Christmas time. 



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1. It's a wonderful life 

2. A Christmas Story 

3. White Christmas 

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

5. Die Hard 

6. Muppet Christmas Carol 

7. Miracle on 34th Street 

8. Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer 

9. Home Alone 
10. Gremlins 



CAPA events deserve more respect from students 



Sauce 



Kelli Fontenot 

feor Journalism Major 
life Fclitor 



As much as I love that Super 
Mario Brothers ringtone, I don't 
rant to hear it during a CAPA 
ent. 

The NSU School of Creative 
Hid Performing Arts - estab- 
hccl in 2002 - awards hundreds 
f scholarships every semester. 
iSU has more than 30 music fac- 
| Ity members, and several of them 
x internationally recognized as 
(achers and performers. 



The NSU Faculty Woodwind 
Trio has toured in Canada, Slovakia 
and the Czech Republic. For the last 
three semesters, the 
NSU University Choir 
has performed difficult 
works by major com- 
posers with the NSU 
symphony orchestra 
and the Shreveport or- 
chestra. 

We have an ex- 
traordinary theatre 
and dance program, 
and you really haven't 
lived until you have seen the NSU 
jazz band play. 




Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 



The Spirit of Northwestern 
Marching band rehearses outdoors 
for two hours a day, three times a 
~1 week. As a result, we 
have the best sound- 
ing band in the land. 

Despite all of 
this, at nearly every 
performance I have 
been to this semester, 
at least one audience 
member has failed to 
take advantage of the 
performers' talents. 
Rest assured, 
whether you attend a musical, an 
opera theatre production, a jazz 



band concert or a senior recital at 
NSU, one arrogant audience mem- 
ber will be unable to stop talking 
to other people in the audience 
- or in some cases a friend on a cell 
phone. 

Even the photographers find it 
necessary to disrupt performances 
by walking around the auditorium 
to get good results. I'm ashamed 
to say that at a recent orchestra and 
choir performance, a student me- 
dia photographer walked on stage 
in the middle of a cantata to take 
pictures. 

Surely, holding a performance 
in a recital hall or on a main stage 



implies the need for a reasonable 
amount of etiquette. There is a 
time for talking and taking pictures 
at a performance, but it is during 
intermission, not a soliloquy, dur- 
ing applause, not an aria. 

Students might be attend- 
ing shows to socialize or to earn 
credits for their Fine Arts classes, 
but when performers are standing 
onstage, they should be able to as- 
sume that their audience has come 
to enjoy the show. 

I applaud Michael Rorex, who 
was playing piano onstage for the 
men's chorus concert this semes- 
ter. When an annoying cell phone 



started ringing in the audience, 
he calmly stopped playing and 
remained perfectly still until the 
noise stopped. 

Disrespectful audience mem- 
bers ruin the show for everyone 
around them, including the per- 
formers. The musicians and actors 
can see and hear you while they are 
onstage. 

This is a free country, but it is 
reasonable to expect a courteous 
audience at a formal performance. 
With all of the work our students 
and faculty put into classes and 
rehearsals, they should be able to 
perform without interruption. 



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students of NSU and do not 
necessarily represent the 
opinion of anybody 
but themselves. 



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Black Friday becomes new holiday tradition 



Amanda Duncil 

Freshman Journalism Major 
Guest Columnist 

The day after Thanksgiving is 
one of the largest and most frantic 
shopping days of the year. 
"Black Friday" attracts hordes of 
shoppers seeking reduced prices 
and holiday gifts from many retail 
stores. 

According to Wikipedia, the 
term 'Black Friday' has been traced 
back only to the 1970s. Black Friday 
was originally so named because 
of the heavy traffic on that day, al- 



though most contemporary uses of 
the term refer instead to it 
as the beginning of the pe- 
riod in which retailers are 
in the black. 

The major shopping 
day has been a sort of tra- 
dition for many years that 
is considered an unofficial 
holiday that marks the 
start of the holiday shop- 
ping season. 

Many stores offer a 
wide range of sales on ev- 
erything from expensive clothing to 
high-end technology. News reports 



show lines of eager shoppers that 
begin at three or 
four in the morn- 
ing and rowdy 
crowds that push 
and shove each 
other. 

One woman who 
was interviewed 
this year said she 
had set up a net- 
work for friends 
spread through- 
out the city to 
tackle as many sales as possible. 
Overall, it is a win-win situa- 




Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 



tion. The sales are a good way for 
many stores that do not see as much 
activity during the year to gain at- 
tention from the general public, 
and shoppers get the opportunity 
to participate in great sales. 

Some stores, however, get left 
out of the turkey day rush. Super- 
stores like Wal-Mart saw a drasti- 
cally reduced number of customers 
compared to other stores such as 
Kohl's. This brings up the question 
of whether or not the holiday is 
beneficial for the economy. 

On the other hand, an increas- 
ing number of people are protesting 



against commercialization of holi- 
days. They believe that encourag- 
ing shopping extravaganzas detract 
from the true meaning behind the 
holiday. Re-named "Buy Nothing 
Day," this "Black Friday" alternative 
encourages people to stay home 
and spend time with their family. 

Shopping doesn't have to be- 
come what the holidays mean, but 
protesting with "Buy Nothing Day" 
seems a little drastic. So whether 
you decide to sit at home or go 
shopping this holiday season, re- 
member the reason why we are cel- 
ebrating is family. 



The Golden Compass 

Movie sparks controversy with Catholics 



Tori Ladd 

Freshman Journalism Major 
Guest Columnist 

The Golden Compass is a film 
adaptation of "Northern 
Lights," the first book in the 
"His Dark Materials" trilogy 
by Phillip Pullman. 

Since the debut of the 
book in 1995, a lot of people 
have questioned the British 
author. 

A lot of religious people 
seem to have a big problem 
with his works. The book has 
a lot of key themes that most 
religions do not agree with. 

The themes include rejection 
of organized religion and the abuse 
of power in a fictionalized Catholic 
Church. "Northern Lights" pres- 
ents a Magisterium as a version of 



a Catholic Church that has gone 
mad. 

The movie's producers will not 
take the same path as the book in 
fear that Pullman's anti-religious 
plot would still 
ruin the mov- 
ies despite the 
changes. 

God will 
not be men- 
tioned directly 
in the movie, 
and most of 
Pullman's fans 
think that New 
Line Cinema 
will take the 
passion out of the story by censor- 
ing it. 

For two months, the Catholic 
League has boycotted the film. 

They believe that the film will 




Tori Ladd 

Guest Columnist 



still intrigue children who will want 
to go out and read the trilogy even 
though the religious elements will 
be almost nonexistent. 

The Catholic League also 
thinks that reading the books will 
teach atheism to the children. 

I strongly feel that people can 
like whatever they like without be- 
lieving in it. Some things just in- 
trigue the imagination. Any person 
can be a firm believer of whatever 
religion they are and like some- 
thing new. That does not have to be 
a crime. 

I do not agree with the down- 
play of the Catholic Church. 

Even if you do not agree with 
someone's religion it is not anyone's 
judgment to put it down. The Gold- 
en Compass will be in the theaters 
December 7, and I can not wait to 
see the reactions of the public. 





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Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Put in the call 
to Coach 0... 

So after one of 
the craziest college 
football seasons 
ever and the regu- 
lar season winding 
down, there have 
been more high profile coaching 
changes than 
I ever thought 
possible this 
early. 

Bill Calla- 
han's career as 
a head coach is 
probably over 
after an em- 
barrassing stint 
in the NFL and 
a total disaster at once-mighty Ne- 
braska. Alabama defector Dennis 
Franchione is out at Texas A&M 
after being exposed as one of the 
most corrupt coaches in college 
football history. 

Despite upsetting the top- 
ranked team in the country, Hous- 
ton Nutt already has one foot out 
the door at Arkansas. Lloyd Carr 
graciously bowed out at Michigan. 

The ripple effect from those 
high profile coaching changes could 
leave openings at LSU, Auburn, 
South Carolina, Kentucky and who 
knows where else. And then there's 
"Coach O" 

Ed Orgeron arrived at Ole Miss 
with much fanfare. He was the in- 
novative recruiter from USC who 
built their ultra-talented team that 
is still reaping the benefits. 

However, he was at a little bit of 
a disadvantage at Ole Miss. There 
are not many SEC-caliber athletes 
in the state of Mississippi. 

If those players happen to be 
African American, they may be 
less-inclined to go to a school who 
has the good ole stars and bars fly- 
ing - it's in their logo - and are 
named for the Confederate cause. 

So why would a talented Af- 
rican American player in the state 
of Mississippi pick Ole Miss over a 
program led by an emerging coach, 
the only African American coach in 
the conference in Sylvester Croom- 
led Mississippi State? 

Two years in a row I've watched 
the NSU football team under- 
achieve. They have been the most 
talented team in the SLC in both 
2006 and 2007. Both seasons they 
have fumbled to back-to-back 4-7 
finishes. 

Last year, they went without a 
defensive coordinator throughout 
the last half of the season. This past 
season they struggled with injuries 
at the quarterback position. 

But in any college program, re- 
gardless of circumstances, five sea- 
sons are typically the time frame for 
a coach to build a program. Nor- 
mally head coaches have to ease 
into their job. Good coaches have 
moderate to little success to start 
off, then build their program and 
put the pieces together for their 
successful run. 

Head coach Scott Stoker has 
had the opposite affect. He started 
strong in 2002 by going 9-4, 8- 
5 in 2003, 8-3 in 2004, and 6-4 in 
2005. Cap that with 4-7 the last two 
years, and Stoker's record has got- 
ten worse as he progressed. 

Athletic director Greg Burke 
seemed to give Stoker a vote of 
confidence last week. But after 
Coach O was relieved of his duties 
- which may be his blessing rather 
than his curse - maybe it's time that 
NSU gave him a call from mama, as 
Bear Bryant called it. 

Orgeron played defensive line 
at NSU in the 1970s and may have 
the aggressive mindset that the De- 
mons need. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore 
journalism major. The views ex- 
pressed do not necessarily represent 
those of the entire Sauce staff or 
those of the university. 




Photo by Gary Hardamon/NSU Media 

Junior guard Keithan Hancock (23) and freshman forward Devin White scramble for the ball against University of the Ozarks. 

Demons down Golden 
Eagles, Gilder scores 32 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 

Senior forward Trey Gilder (3) had 32 points and 10 rebounds 
against Tennessee Tech on Saturday. Gilder is the first NSU 
player in 10 years to score 30 or more points in a single game. 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

Trey Gilder became the first 
NSU player since 1997 to score 30 
or more points in a single game as 
the Demons beat Tennessee Tech 
83-81 on Saturday in Prather Coli- 
seum. 

Head coach Mike McCona- 
thy and his squad exacted revenge 
against the Golden Eagles for their 
85-84 overtime loss in last year's 
ESPN BracketBuster event. 

The Demons and Eagles are 
two of the most successful mid-ma- 
jor programs of the last three sea- 
sons, NSU having 67 wins in that 
stretch while Tennessee Tech has 
had 57. 

Charles Duncan was the last 
Demon to score 30 points in a 
game against Wiley College on 
December 10, 1997. Gilder - a 6' 
9" senior - scored 32 while hitting 
13 of 21 from the floor, 6 of 8 from 
he free throw line, and grabbed 10 
rebounds, five of which were offen- 
sive. 

The last NSU player to score 32 
or more points was Eric Kubel, who 
scored 34 points against Texas-Ar- 
lington in 1994. 

The Demons overcame an 11- 
point halftime deficit by forcing 27 
Golden Eagle turnovers. They also 
got some help from the supporting 
players in the deep rotation. 

Garrell Thomas had his first 
career double-double, scoring 10 



points and bringing down 10 re- 
bounds. C.J. Clark and Damon 
Jones came off the bench to score 
1 1 and 10, respectively. 

Gilder was named the South- 
land Conference player of the week 
on Monday for his effort. He also 
had 19 points and six rebounds 
last Tuesday in a 105-96 win over 
Houston Baptist during he Thanks- 
giving break. 

During the weeklong stretch, 
he averaged 25.5 points and eight 
rebounds, making 67.7 percent of 
his shots, 21 for 31 from the floor. 
He also had four assists, five steals 
and a blocked shot. 

The Demons are 41-6 in Prath- 
er Coliseum since the 2004-2005 
season. They have won their last 
three games since the starting 0-4 
in the Stanford Tourney and drop- 
ping their home opener to UNO. 

As for women's basketball, the 
Lady Demons dropped a game to 
Louisiana Tech last Friday in the 
opening of the University of Mem- 
phis Lady Tigers Thanksgiving 
Classic. 

The squad shot just 25.4 per- 
cent from the floor in their third 
straight loss. They reversed their 
cold shooting in the second game, 
however, shooting 54 percent from 
the floor against Tennessee State 
68-57 on Saturday. 

Both squads won in prepara- 
tion for their Tuesday night game 
in Shreveport against Centenary in 
the state's oldest basketball rivalry. 



Demons bring Chief Caddo home 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

The NSU Demon football team 
brought the nation's largest col- 
lege football rivalry trophy home 
on Nov. 17 by defeating Stephen F. 
Austin in a 31-12 drubbing at Tur- 
pin Stadium. 

In the "Battle for Chief Caddo," 
Byron Lawrence rushed for 231 
yards. The Demons rolled up 329 
yards on the ground and 427 total 
yards behind true freshman walk- 
on quarterback Carson Martinez. 

Sophomore safety Gary Riggs 
had one of his best career perfor- 
mances, blocking a field goal, par- 
tially blocking a punt and intercept- 
ing a pass. The Demons finished 
4-7 for the year, 3-4 in SLC play for 
a three-way tie for third place. 




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Photo by Gary Hardamon/NSU Media 

Demons celebrate at Turpin Stadium after winning the 'Chief Caddo' from Stephen F. Austin. 



Eric Guidry 

Guest Writer 



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ery game, but there is plenty to ~ 
proud of if you're a NSU fan. \a4>/C> 

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fensive scheme uses constant m 
tion, and they seem to be one pa 
away from an open shot. With tl 

shooters on NSU's roster, this isi 

a big concern. The players seem 
feed off of each other's energy. 




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Guest Writer 




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the Demons have not shot 

throws as well as one might like 

can't see them getting any worse 

that aspect, though. They have all Want 

had too many turnovers. Turnove ^ or 

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are a part of the game, but the dyj^u 
mons have had some that were u 
forced. Those are some things tl 
Demons need to work on. 

Coach Mike McConathy h| 
two point guards that really uni 
stand what he is trying to do on 
fense, and they take control on 
offensive side of the ball. 1 am n 
sure why Coach McConathy us 
mass subbing, but it has worked k 
him so far. 

If the Demons can play the 1 
ball, they have a real shot at beatin 
anyone on their schedule. The D 
mons play basketball the way iti 
suppose to be played, and they at 
a joy to watch. 

Eric Guidry is a sophoma 
journalism major. The views t 
pressed do not necessarily repress 
those of the entire Sauce staff \ 
those of the university. 




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Demon Rewards for the fal 
semester is coming to an 
end. There are four more 
available points to win the 
$1,700 check towards next 
semester's tuition. Point 
totals continue to add up 
in the spring semester for 
the regular rewards and the 
HDTV giveaway at the end 
of the year. Points for the 
spring semester will begin 
with the Jan. 10, 2008 De- 
mons vs. Texas State home 
game at 6:30 p.m. 

The rankings for the 
Demon Rewards program 
is as follows: 

37- Amanda Hayes 
35- Adam Jonson 
34- Matthew English 
34- Fletcher Jonson 
33- Casey Soileau 
30- Kristen Carr 
25- Alison Holmes 




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David Royal 

Sauce Reporter 

For over 15 years, the college 
of science and technology has of- 
fered a research program called 
Joint Venture - JOVE - to NSU 
students. 

Students in the JOVE under- 
graduate research program study 
subjects that pertain to their ma- 
jors for an extended period of time, 
according to Dr. Richard DeVault, 
director of the program. 

Each student in the program 
is required to work at least three 
hours a week on a project with a 



professor who is assigned to him or 
her. 

Then, at the beginning and end 
of each semester, students present 
their findings to fellow students 
and professors in the program. 

Senior math and chemistry 
major Jordan Brown has been 
part of the JOVE program for two 
years. 

Brown has researched multiple 
projects, including studying try- 
panosomes, which cause African 
Sleeping Sickness. 

The best thing about JOVE is 
the "free reign" she has to research 
complex lab work, which will ben- 



efit her in her future plans con- 
cerning the chemistry field, Brown 
said. 

Other research projects that 
students have worked on in the 
past include studying the metabol- 
ic/genetic engineering of microbes, 
devising and understanding the 
immobilization of living cells for 
biological observation. 

Others also include studying 
classical and quantum chaos and 
studying difference equations of 
higher order. 

The program was initially de- 
signed and funded by NASA so that 
students could have the opportuni- 



ty to study subjects related to space 
science with NASA scientists. 

Although NASA eventually 
discontinued funding, the College 
of Science and Technology has 
continued the program and has ex- 
panded its field of research to other 
stems of science and mathematics. 

DeVault called JOVE a "highly 
selective program" that only re- 
cruits "outstanding students" with 
a biology, chemistry, physics or 
mathematics major and have a high 
grade point average. 

JOVE currently has 38 stu- 
dents in the program that receive 
a scholarship of $500 per semester, 



DeVault said. 

Senior physics major Nathan 
Fields has been participating in 
JOVE for three years. He stud 
ied NASA's Rover Missions taking 
place on Mars. 

Although presenting your 
studies to your peers and knowl- 
edgeable professors is "pretty nerve 
wracking," the program as a whole 
truly prepares students who are 
looking to continue their education 
in graduate school, Fields said. 

To find out more information 
about JOVE or to receive an appli- 
cation, contact the College of Sci- 
ence and Technology. 



Gospel singer lends talent 



Kera Simon 

Editor in Chief 

Gospel recording artist Patrice 
Wilson performed the National 
Anthem for NSU's home basketball 
games Tuesday and on Nov. 27. 

"People were surprised at her 
[vocal] range" Twonzetta Samuel 
said. "She has a very, very high 
voice." 

Wilson's name came to the 
NSU athletic marketing depart- 
ment thanks to Samuel, who sings 
back-up vocals for Wilson. Samuel 
suggested to Wilson about singing 
the national anthem for NSU. 

Brian Seiler, assistant director 



of athletic marketing, said Wilson 
called him and gave him the link 
to her Web site because she could 
not go for a formal interview. After 
listening to her songs online, Seiler 
contacted Wilson and asked her to 
sing for NSU. Seiler also saw Wil- 
son perform the anthem at an LSU 
game and said she "did a good job 
for that." 

"It was an honor for me," Wil- 
son said. "And for Twonzetta and 
her husband [Christopher Samuel] 
for scouting it for me." 

Wilson said she was told to 
sing a more traditional version of 
the anthem for the NSU crowd. 
She said the response to her singing 



was very good, receiving thumbs 
up and praise from the crowd. 

Wilson sells copies of her two 
CDs, "Worshipper" and "Sacri- 
fice," and she signs autographs at 
the games. She is also scheduled 
to perform on Dec. 8, Jan. 26 and 
March 1. 

Wilson, originally from Hous- 
ton, Tex., has been a recording 
artist for the past 15 years. She 
was nominated for best new art- 
ist and presented an award at the 
2006 Stellar Awards. She will have 
a Christmas album out for 2008. 

Wilson can be reached for 
bookings through her e-mail at 
martai7009@yahoo.com. 




Photo by Gary Hardamon/Media Services 

Gospel artist Patrice Wilson sings the National Anthem at NSU. 



Fall 2007 
Exam Week Calendar 



Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007 

5:30 - 8 p. in W ednesday Night Classes 

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 

8 - 10:30 a.m. ALL SECTIONS OF: 

ENGL 0920, 1010, 1020 
SCTT 1810-20, 2810 - 20 
SOT 3810, 4810 - 20 
1 1 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 9:30 TR Classes 

2 - 4:30 p.m. 12:30 TR Classes 

5:30 - 8 p.m. 3:30 TR Classes 

Thursday Night Classes 



Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 

8 - 10:30 a.m. 10 :00 MWF and MW Classes 

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ALL SECTIONS OF: 

MATH 0920, 1020, 1060 
2 - 4:30 p.m. 12 :00 MWF and MW Classes 



jDay draws large crowd 
of high schoolers to NSU 



8 p.m. 



ALL SECTIONS OF: 

CHEM 1030, 1040, 1070, 1080 



Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 

Saturday Classes Arrange with Instructors 

Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 

8 - 10:30 a.m. 8:00 MWF and MW Classes 

11 a.m. - 1:30p.m. 11:00 MWF and MW Classes 

2 - 4:30 p.m. 2:00 MWF and MW, 2:30 

MW Classes 



5:30 - 8 p.m. 



3:00 MWF and MW Classes 
Monday Night Classes 



Tuesday, Dec. 11,2007 

8 - 10:30 a.m. 8 :00 TR Classes 

11 a.m. - 1:30p.m. 11 :00 TR Classes 
2 - 4:30 p.m. 2:00 TR Classes 

5:30 - 8 p.m. 4:00 MWF and MW Classes 

Tuesday Night Classes 

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 

8 - 10:30 a.m. 9:00 MWF and MW Classes 

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 1:00 MWF and MW Classes 




Photo by Michael Silver/The Current Sauce 

Junior journalism major Monica Randazzo leads a group of high schoolers during jDay. 

Kevin Clarkston 

Sauce Reporter 



The NSU Journalism depart- 
ment held its 40th annual jDay 
event on Friday. 

More than 150 high school stu- 
dents and advisers from 10 differ- 
ent schools attended competitions 
and sessions that dealt with careers 
in print and broadcast journalism 
and public relations. 

NSU alumna and KALB-TV 
anchor Farrah Reyna delivered the 
keynote address, while other grad- 
uates such as Tamara Carter, an 
evening producer at KALB-TV, and 
Josh Beavers, publisher and editor 
at Minden Press-Herald, informed 
students about the real world of 
journalism and media. 

More than 60 students partici- 
pated in eight competitions related 
to each journalism field. 

The news editorial competition 
required students to take notes at a 



fake press conference and submit a 
completed story in 30 minutes. Se- 
nior journalism major David Dins- 
more designed and ran the compe- 
tition. 

"We basically set up a mock 
press conference to give the stu- 
dents an opportunity to give the 
students a feel for what it's like to 
have to write down a mass[ive] 
amount of information quickly," 
Dinsmorc said. 

Junior journalism major Kelli 
Fontenot played the part of a fic- 
tional American Idol winner who 
had lost her dog during a party she 
held at her Hollywood condo. 

LSMSA student Jane Barilleaux 
competed in the event. 

"I think the way they set it up 
was really great— to have a press 
conference and take notes and then 
to have to quick [ly] write it," she 
said. 

At the awards ceremony, the 
winners of the eight competitions 



were announced. The overall top 
three students each received a 
$1,000 scholarship from the uni- 
versity. 

About 40 current NSU students 
volunteered for jDay, many design- 
ing and running competitions and 
taking part in sessions where they 
talked about the importance of get- 
ting involved in student media and 
their general college experience. 

At the event, members of the 
Society of Professional Journalists 
sold muffins, while students from 
the National Association of Black 
Journalists sold hot chocolate. The 
campus radio station KWND sold 
doughnuts and gave away free discs 
to students. 

Assistant professor Karen Lee, 
who organized jDay, said that this 
year's event shattered everyone's 
expectations. 

""It was a great chance for our 
department to show off everything 
we have."" she said. 



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6:27 p.m.- Call about leaking water 
pipe in Friedman Student Union 
kitchen. 

6:44 p.m.- Call Physical Plant for 
leaking water pipe emergency. 
7:21 p.m.- Call Physical Plant again. 
No response. 

8: 1 5 p.m.- Director of Physical Plant 
made aware of problem at Student 
Union. 

10:34 p.m.- People in a vehicle 
are supposedly watching stars but 
University Police made them leave 
campus. 

10:50 p.m.- Drain fixed, will have 
Red River Sanitors clean ASAP. 



10:56 p.m.- Red River called, left 
message about draining situation in 
Student Union. 

11/29 

7:59 a.m.- Admissions called to report 
horses being out by the Columns 
apartments. Contacted Physical Plant. 
9:22 a.m.- "Someone came in 
requesting a report for a vehicle they 
hit with their physical body, knocking 
the mirror off." 

11/30 

3: 13 p.m.- Call from Prather Coliseum 

reporting injured skunk. 

3:14 p.m.- Reported information. 



Will get student worker to get injured 
animal. 

1 1 :57 p.m.- Two students hitting golf 
balls at airport. Advised to discontinue. 

12/2 

8:28 a.m.- Port-a-potties have been 
turned over across the street from the 
president's house. 

12/3 

4:42 p.m.- Black purse turned in, found 
on Fifth Street. 

4:49 p.m.- Contact made with owner of 
black purse. 

4:56 p.m.- Owner picked up black 
purse. 



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NSU students choose between 
wallets and visiting home 



Amanda Crane 

Sauce Reporter 

NSU is known as a suitcase 
campus, which means students 
travel on the weekends and return 
back for classes; but with the price 
of gas increasing, students are look- 
ing for other options and making 
wiser decisions. 

"I will probably cut down on 
my trips home and contribute a 
larger portion of my paychecks to 
filling my gas tank," senior English 
major Katie Reischling said. "My 
parents pay for my gas right now, 
but increasing prices will result in 
me paying for a large portion of my 
own gas." 

According to Louisiana Gas 
Prices.com, the average price for 
gas in Natchitoches is $2.97 and the 
national average is $3.08. However, 
the price of gas one year ago was 
$2.14 and the national average was 
$2.27. 

The lowest price for regular un- 
leaded gas in Natchitoches - found 
on Internet Auto Guide.com - was 
$2.88 at the Murphy USA station 
located on Keyser Avenue. 



The highest priced gas is found at 
the Speedy Stop on Highway 6 for 
$3.04 for regular unleaded. 

Reischling said she spends 
about $25 at the pump to fill the 
tank of her 2000 Ford Mustang. She 
also purchases regular unleaded, 
the least expensive gas, to help save 
money. 

Students who live on campus 
have an advantage over those who 
commute. 

Freshman radiology technician 
major Jaime Spicer lives in the Uni- 
versity Columns on campus and 
said walking to class has helped her 
a lot during her first year of col- 
lege. 

"Walking to class not only 
saves me money, but I get a good 
workout, too," Spicer said. 

However, living on campus 
doesn't always have the same ben- 
efits for every student. 

"When I lived on campus last 
year I did not feel as though there 
were benefits to living on campus 
because many times I would drive 
to the parking lot at school, walk to 
the building I had class in and then 
drive back to the apartment," soph- 



omore elementary education major 
Lindsey Bridges said. 

Even though the prices contin- 
ue to hover around $3 per gallon, 
some students have not thought 
about alternatives to driving. 

"I haven't considered any op- 
tions," junior journalism major 
Kayla Wagner said. "Maybe fewer 
trips home between work and class 
or I could find something to do on 
campus." 

USA Today.com suggests pur- 
chasing lower octane fuel, having 
better economical driving habits, 
driving without the air conditioner, 
cleaning the filters in your car and 
making sure that your car is tuned 
up and in proper running condi- 
tion. 

No matter what the price of 
gas may be, students still depend 
on it and will continue to pack their 
bags and travel out of town on the 
weekends. 

"It's sad to say it, but the NSU 
campus is dead on the weekends," 
Bridges said. "And it seems that no 
matter how high the prices may go 
that people will still continue to 
leave on the weekends." 



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and 
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New joint effort makes it easier 
for students to choose a college 

Two national higher education organizations pioneer new program 
that offers university information to prospective students. 



Octavia Bolds 

Stafl Reporter 

NSU launched the voluntary 
system of accountability in Novem- 
ber. 

The voluntary system of ac- 
countability is a joint project be- 
tween the American Association of 
State Colleges and Universities and 
the National Association of State 
Universities and Land Grant Col- 
leges. 

The system is designed to pro- 
vide prospective students, current 
students and parents with more in- 
formation about colleges and uni- 
versities. 

The voluntary system of ac- 
countability is a high priority na- 
tionwide. Jennifer Videtto, Direc- 
tor of Institutional Research, said 
the system of voluntary account- 
ability will share information with 
all university stakeholders. 

Roni Ramirez - Director of 
Planning and Assessment - said 
the system is designed to provide 
more information for parents and 
students when deciding on a uni- 
versity to attend. 

This system includes the col- 
lege portrait, which provides sta- 



tistical information about universi- 
ties. The college portrait is similar 
to college search engines like fast- 
-web.com in that it will provide 
statistical information in different 
areas about universities. 

However, Videtto warns that 
the information on the different 
sites may be outdated. 

The College portrait will pro- 
vide up to date statistical infor- 
mation in the following areas: 
enrollment, gender, ethnicity, geo- 
graphic distribution, age, under- 
graduate success rate, retention 
rates, and costs of attendance, un- 
dergraduate admissions informa- 
tion, and incoming student scores 
on ACT or SAT. 

"Future students, parents, fac- 
ulty, administrators, and all inter- 
ested persons will benefit from the 
comprehensive information pro- 
vided in the College Portrait tem- 
plate," Videtto said. 

Also, the college portrait will 
provide information about the 
classroom environment, faculty, 
student housing, campus safety, 
and future plans of bachelor's de- 
gree recipients. 

It contains features like the cost 
calculator, campus crimes statistics 



reports, and the Carnegie classifi- 
cation of institutional characteris- 
tics. The features could be used to 
compare NSU statistics with other 
universities' statistics. 

The idea is when you navigate 
NSU statistical information on line 
the links to different universities 
will be available to navigate. 

"The college portrait will pro- 
vide a "one hit" link to many pieces 
of information about our students, 
our campus, and our measures of 
accountability" Videtto said. 

The information that the col- 
lege portrait provides was based on 
recommendations made by focus 
groups as well as experts in higher 
education according to a voluntary 
system of accountability. 

According to the voluntary 
system of accountability, college 
portraits present information to 
help students and their families 
better understand how colleges are 
alike in some ways and different in 
others. 

In Fall 2008 students will take 
the National Survey of Student En- 
gagement, which will determine if 
students are engaged. 

The college portrait should be 
on NSU's homepage early 2008. 




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Three Natchitoches citizens explain their personal perspectives on faith 



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Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 

In a college environment, es- 
tablishing a religious position can 
be a challenge because there are 
many different options to consider. 

Baptist Collegiate Ministry di- 
rector Bill Collins, a Southern Bap- 
tist, serves as a spiritual counselor, 
helps students to manage the BCM 
budget and acts as a liaison be- 
tween the students and the faculty. 

"I think religion is important 
for college students because at no 
time in their life are they making 
the kinds of decisions that they 
make during the years from 18 to 
23, 24," Collins said. 

In his 18 years of work at the 
BCM, Collins has seen students 
embrace a church after coming 
to college with no religious back- 
ground. 

"There's a time when you come 
to an understanding of who Christ 
is," Collins said. 

This semester, the BCM met 
every Wednesday night, held regu- 
lar lunch encounters, took a ser- 
vice-learning trip to Baton Rouge 
and sent a drama team to different 
churches and yoinh ministries. 

BCM is supported by 126 
churches, and it welcomes stu- 
dents from different religious back- 
grounds, Collins said. 

"Primarily they're Baptist, but 
we have them from all denomina- 
tions," Collins said. "The reason the 
'Baptist' is in the label is because we 



receive our funding from Baptists 
and we do adhere to the theologi- 
cal and doctrinal deals that Baptists 
have... but we have leaders who 
aren't Baptists." 

One of the things the BCM 
strives to do is to help students - 
who sometimes separate their lives 
into academic, social and spiritual 
compartments - realize that every- 
thing is intertwined and connected, 
Collins said. 

Collins explained that faith 
helps to accomplish balance. 

"Faith helps you connect the 
dots that you don't see and you 
don't understand, but you know 
out there they all come together at 
one point." 

Everyone has a different per- 
spective on faith, including profes- 
sors. 

Biology department head Zafer 
Hatahet attends the Natchitoches 
Islamic Center daily to practice his 
religion. 

Hatahet, originally from Syria, 
said Muslim beliefs are very similar 
to those of other religions; Mus- 
lims believe in one God and attend 
prayer services. Muslims have a 
regular call to prayer five times a 
day to put things in perspective, 
Hatahet said. 

The main distinction between 
Muslims believe and Christians be- 
lieve is that the former views Jesus 
as a prophet, not a divine entity, 
Hatahet said. 

Muslims attend a mass prayer 
on Fridays. There is only one 



mosque in Natchitoches because 
the Muslim community is very 
small, Hatahet said. 

Some aspects of science may 
seem to conflict with religion, but 
Hatahet explained that if a person 
believes in an omnipotent deity, 
any conflict between the religion 
and science simply represents a 
misunderstanding of the religion. 

"To me, religion means there 
is intelligence beyond human in- 
telligence. There is power beyond 
human power. And there are ide- 
als that humans are incapable of 
achieving, but they strive to fulfill 
these ideals." 

Religion should always be sin- 
cere, Hatahet said. 

"The bottom line is I don't be- 
lieve a college student should or 
should not have religion as part 
of his life," Hatahet said. "I am not 
very gung-ho about organized reli- 
gion in general because it's a two- 
edged sword." 

Despite good deeds and inten- 
tions, some people use religion as 
an excuse to coerce people into do- 
ing horrible things, Hatahet said. 

Hatahet said religion is a mat- 
ter of personal choice. 

"I think every person has to de- 
cide what's good for them," Hatahet 
said. 

Sophomore music education 
major James Durbin considered 
several different religions before he 
converted. He attended non-de- 
nominational churches and evan- 
gelist churches but chose to be- 




come a Mormon because "it brings 
all the pieces together." 

He does not attend services in 
Natchitoches, but he reads scrip- 
tures and prays daily. 

Durbin was born and raised 
Catholic, but he did not understand 
some aspects of the religion. 

"I started flipping through the 
[Book of Mormon]... and all my 
answers started coming," Durbin 
said. 

Followers of the Latter Day 
Saints believe that Joseph Smith 
learned about the book of Mor- 
mon when he saw an apparition of 
Jesus Christ and God - Mormons 
believe that they are two separate 
beings. They also believe there is 
more than one level of heaven and 
that there are modern-day proph- 
ets, Durbin said. 

Mormon missionaries inform 
people about the church of Jesus 



Christ of Latter Day Saints and give 
out free copies of The Book of Mor- 
mon. 

"It's not really an addition to 
the Bible; it's another testament of 
the things that happened between 
the old and the new testament," 
Durbin said. 

The religion teaches that the 
body is a temple, so Mormons are 
encouraged to stay away from ad- 
dictive substances such as tea, cof- 
fee and tobacco. 

"If we believe so strongly in 
something, why would we turn 
around and destroy something that 
was given to us?" 

There are several misconcep- 
tions about Mormonism. 

"Fundamentalists in the Mor- 
mon religion basically aren't part 
of the Mormon religion anymore.," 
Durbin said. "The biggest thing is 
that we still have multiple wives 



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- that's not true." 

Polygamy is no longer part of 
Mormonism because the Bible says 
any laws on earth are also true in 
heaven, Durbin said. 

One thing Durbin said he loves 
about Mormonism is that it is very 
accepting. 

"The LDS Church will ac- 
cept anybody," Durbin said. "Most 
churches, like, if you get divorced 
in some religions, you lose some- 
thing. In the Mormon religion, we 
don't say, 'go ahead and get married 
as many times as you want,' no, but 
we're not going to penalize you for 
divorce." 

Another misconception is that 
Mormons are not Christian. Mor- 
mons do practice Christianity. 

"It's kind of irritating some- 
times to hear these things, these 
rumors, but I'd rather people just 
be informed," Durbin said. 



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Brent becomes 73rd member of Music Hall of Fame 



Bobbie Hayes 

StaffWriter 

Director of NSU's School of 
Creative and Performing Arts, Bill 
Brent, became the seventy-third 
member of the Louisiana Music 
Educators Association Hall of Fame 
since its creation in 1982. 

"1 was very honored," said for- 
mer Director of Bands at North- 
western Bill Brent said. "It came as 
a complete surprise. I'm not sure 
that I am worthy of it." 

While Brent may not believe 
that he is deserving of the honor, 
his students certainly have a dif- 
ferent opinion. "I think its about 



time," junior music education ma- 
jor and band member Brendon 
Mizener said. "Mr. Brent deserves 
recognition 
for what he 
has done for 
not only this 
institution 
but for music 
education in 
Louisiana." 

One 
glance inside 
of Bill Brent's 
office will 

tell where his passion lies. At least 
half of his office walls are covered 
in Northwestern State Marching 



Band group photos. 

When Brent first arrived in 
Natchitoches he said he just "fell in 
love with 
the town." 
The situa- 
tion with 
the band 
program 
was not 
as pretty 
as the lit- 
tle town 
that held 
it. "I had 

48 kids at our first rehearsal," said 
Brent. 

Now the Spirit of Northwest- 



"It came as a complete 
surprise. I'm not sure 

that I am worthy of it" 
-Bill Brent, 
Director of Bands 



ern Marching Band consists of 
more than 300 members and is 
considered one of the most pres- 
tigious university bands in the 
South- thanks in large part to Mr. 
Brent's leadership, according to the 
Official Journal of the Louisiana 
Music Educators Association. 

"He is the only man I know 
that walks in the tempo of the NSU 
fight song," sophomore engineer- 
ing major and former band mem- 
ber Greg Berry said. 

Brent considers the training of 
many music educators in Louisiana 
to be his greatest achievement in 
his 25 years of teaching at NSU. 

"We have such a dynamic arts 



program and have created an at- 
mosphere that supports music ed- 
ucation." Brent said. "That is what 
is important." 

His one regret in connection 
with being honored by LMEA was 
that his induction ceremony caused 
him, for the first time, to miss se- 
nior day for the marching band. 

"One of the reasons I was in- 
ducted was all of the hard work that 
the students put into it," Brent said. 
"Without them, the faculty, the 
school... there would be no reason 
for me to be inducted." 

Look for Mr. Brent's picture to 
be added to the Hall of Fame in the 
next week. 




Staff members send thanks & goodbyes til 2008 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

To David- The newsroom will nev- 
er be the same without your witty 
comebacks. Thank you for your 
help and support. You should prob- 
ably write me a check for all of the 
hours spent watching "Scrubs" and 
"The Sopranos." 

Leigh- It's OK to sometimes have 
NO NEWS in the News section. 
Even if people turn to the second 
page just to read the police blotter, 
at least they got that far. Get the Dr. 
Pepper and chocolate ready. 
Kelli- "Pull Quote!" We 
spent many nights gig- 
gling in the corner about 
things only we found fun- 
ny, and I wouldn't trade 
them for the world. Even 
if you leave the world's 
longest voice messages, 
you are not retarded. 
Chris- We know who's in 
love with you, and why 
I'm so jealous. In all se- 
riousness, you've turned 
your page into something 
informative, not just entertaining. 
No one will EVER answer the ques- 
tion of the week. 

Miller- I threw you into this, and 
I know that. However, your page 
always looked the best even if you 
wouldn't show up for office hours. 
I can't fuss too much at a man who 
writes all of the content on his page. 
Bravo, my friend. 

Jen- I seriously don't know what I 
would do without you. At least we 
get to treasure our miserable week- 
ly late nights together. This is the 
woman that makes the newspaper 
look good, people! That's why we 
pay you the big bucks. 
Devon- The invisible man who gets 
the job done, I'm forever in your 
debt. It is not your fault our domain 
expired. If all else fails, blame Col- 
lege Publisher. 

Bethany- You run our entire ad 
team and kick ass! Adam will get 
you a heater one day. 




Rev. David Dinsmore 

Managing Editor 

I'm not supposed to be here. 
I should have graduated last 
semester - if I had been ultra-dedi- 
cated two years ago. Way to drop 
the ball, past Me. 

Yet, if all went according to 
plan, I would not have discovered a 
passion for TV on the Internet. 

Oh, and I never would have 
found my love affair with Netflix. 

If it weren't for this newspaper, 
I would still be chained to my couch 
watching my 
friends Jim Halp- 
ert and Dwight 
Schrute clash at 
their regularly 
scheduled times. I 
have evolved. 
Now that I will 
have graduated, 
I will spend time 
with the people I 
love at a time nor- 
mally designated 
to following Jack Bauer through 
another hellish day. 

With my TiVo and MacBook, I 
will forge new 
real- world 
relationships 
with interest- 
ing people 
and rekindle 
those that 
have fallen 
victim from 
my prime- 
time absence. 

O f 
course, if they have already seen the 
new episode, I will be reduced to 
sitting in a restaurant holding my 
hands over my ears and humming 
"la la la" to myself until they have 
stopped talking about it. 
See you. 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 



Rev. David Dinsmore 

Managing Editor 



Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 

This semester I was the news 
editor, meaning that I mostly had 
control over the news section and 
its contents. I handed out stories at 
our weekly meetings and laid out 
the news pages with Jen, our lay- 
out editor. I can now officially write 
captions and headlines; well, I'm 
getting better at it, at least. 

I had a rough time this semes- 
ter juggling twenty hours of class, 
office hours for the 
paper, writing and 
editing stories and 
having a life. Notice 1 
did not include sleep- 
ing; that activity has 
not been a big part 
of my semester. I say 
that as I write this at 
1:45 a.m. 

Although, it's 
been a rough one, 
I have enjoyed this 
semester. The news 
editor position was a great learn- 
ing experience. It showed be the 
pressures and duties that I would 
be faced with later on in life as an 
editor, which I hope to be some 
day. I know I didn't do a 
perfect job this semester, 
but I sure tried and I'm 
proud of all the work I 
put into it. 

I learned so much 
about Mac computers, 
InDesign, Photoshop and 
AP style that it's unreal, 
and I love that I got to 
know so many people. I 
met with more adminis- 
trators to find story ideas 
and met younger students when 
they became reporters, and Dr. 
Webb definitely knows me by now 
after I repeatedly came to him with 
interviews for multiple stories. All 
in all, it was an invaluable experi- 
ence, and I can't wait for a new one 
next semester as associate editor. 




Leigh Gentry 

News Editor 



Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 

Becoming part of the edito- 
rial staff of The Current Sauce has 
given me the chance to get to know 
so many amazing people. 

Leigh, Miller, Devon, Jen, Chris 
and David worked hard this semes- 
ter. Our new faculty adviser, Dr. 
Lee, is brilliant. I couldn't ask for 
a better editor than Kera, who de- 
votes an incredible amount of time 
and energy to the paper. She is the 
driving force for ev- 
eryone on the staff, 
and she manages to 
do everything wjth 
grace. 

My 1 only ' real 
complaint about be- 
coming part of the 
editorial staff this se- 
mester is that I have 
to say goodbye to a 
couple of extraordi- 
nary people. 
Ifeellikelwasjustget- 
ting to know them. This semester, 
I took 22 hours, sang in two choirs, 
learned how to play Guitar Hero 
and practically lived in the student 
media office. I also learned what 
it's like 
to func- 
tion after 
a mere 
three 
hours of 
sleep. 
It's like 
I've spent 
thisentire 
semester 
trying 
to keep 
busy so 

that I don't have to ever sit down 
and think about how blessed I am. 
I am so fortunate to have been in 
the same place with these people at 
the same time. Thanks for a great 
semester. "From Punxsutawney, 
it's Phil Connors. So long." 




Kelli Fontenot 

Life Editor 



Rev. Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 

This past semester has been a 
roller coaster of ups, downs, loops 
and nausea. It ended too soon, 
and I wish I could jump back in 
line. I've developed important re- 
lationships with the people brave 
enough to share the ride, and soon 
I'll be on my way to another amuse- 
ment park. I've thoroughly enjoyed 
my time at the Current Sauce and 
with the journalism department at 
NSU. The late nights in the news- 
room are like getting pounded in 
the face with a 16 ounce 
boxing glove. Although 
Muhammad Ali's accom- 
plishments in the ring lay 
a million floors above my 
journalistic endeavors 
at the current sauce, I'm 
sure Ali misses the excite- 
ment of dancing in the 
ring because it's what he 
loved to do. 

I'll never forget the 
over-sized cartoons and 
questions of the week that no one 
ever answered, but more impor- 
tantly the people I had the oppor- 
tunity to work with. It always felt 
like I knew them for much longer 
than a semester, but now that I'm 
leaving, it seems like we've just 
met. 

I'll be moving to Wash- 
ington, D.C. next semes- 
ter for an internship. This 
would not be possible 
without the faculty in 
the journalism depart- 
ment's help, the things 
I've learned at NSU, and 
the opportunities I've had 
working for the Sauce. 
I'm going to miss everyone 
here. 

The ride is almost over. I'm 
about to become a small fish in a 
very big pond, and I'd take that any 
day over the fish floating on top of 
the water. 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 

I can't even begin to expra 
how this semester has flown bj 
Being sports editor for this seme 
ter was an amazing experience, oi 
I will not soon forget. 

It was a fun semester to be 
sports reporter. There were plenl 
of storylines, controversial issw 
and interesting twists to covi 
Given enough writers, I could ha' 
filled two or three pages with spoi 
content with all the drama we sa«( 

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Photo by Lela Coker/Current Sauce 

The editors are Kelli Fontenot, Leigh Gentry, Kera Simon, Jen 
Kaup, Chris Reich, David Dinsmore, and Miller Daniel. 



Jennifer Kaup 

Layout Editor 

Tuesday has been the longest 
day for me this semester. I wake up 
around 8:30, take a shower, and go 
straight to the 
newsroom. I sit 
at the computer 
and wait for ev- 
eryone to fin- 
ish their articles 
so I can place 
them on their 
respective pages. 
Which usually 
lasts until 4 am. 

Sounds like 
fun huh. 

Seriously, I love working for the 
Current Sauce. I enjoy talking and 
interacting with all the editors and 
other staff members. Even though 
sometimes I want to pull my hair 
out when some writers do not turn 




Jennifer Kaup 

Layout Editor 



in their stories in until 10 p.m. on 
layout night. 

When I look back at layout 
night I will always remember: 
-Kera busting a move to any and 
every song that blasts through the 
newsroom. 

-David telling funny sto- 
ries that would only hap- 
pen to him. 

-Kelli speaking with dif- 
ferent accents every week. 
-Leigh's cell phone ring. 
-Miller playing South Park 
episodes on his computer. 
-Chris lying back in his 
chair scratching his belly. 
-Dr. Lee and delicious her 
cookies, 
will miss everyone (David 
and Chris) who is leaving, but will 
welcome the new members to our 
small staff. Congratulations, you 
have joined a very lovable and tal- 
ented group. See you in 2008. 



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Devon Drake 

Web site Editor 

As the new web editor for The 
Current Sauce, I'd like to thank all 
of the readers who ac- 
tually support the pa- 
per and student media 
in general. 

Seeing how only 
14 readers have regis- 
ter on the web site in 
the past 15 months, it 
is safe to say not many 
people have been visit- 
ing the site. 

Hopefully, the lack 
of readers came from 
the domain name crisis, which I 
should probably explain. 

When I came in as the new 
web editor, Kera and I knew very 
little about the administrative in- 
formation of the site. 

Well, the domain name ex- 




pired, which basically means th 
other than an IP address, there 
no way to get to the site. 

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only person who had the inform 
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access the accoui 
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kansas now, we t> 
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sauce.com as a 
new domain name 

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stress during tl 
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ates some laughs o 
our end. 
Since that issue cleared u 
things have been running smoothl 
on our end. 

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mester, so if you have complai 
or comments about the site, hui 
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Opinions editor reflects on the semester in his final column 



Chris Watts 

Senior Journalism Major 
Opinions Editor 

While most of my colleagues 
were in the classroom goofing their 
way through finals, I spent the lat- 
ter half of my afternoon explaining 
to my real estate agent 

Why there are holes in my 
walls the size of pumpkins and the 
screen door Is ripped off, why the 
landlord's couch was sitting in the 
driveway collecting mildew, why 
the yard hasn't been taken care of 
in months, and why the bottom 
floor of the house is flooded with 
sewage water. The sewage flood 
was a result of old pipes backing 



up. I neglect the yard because I'm 
lazy. The couch is in the driveway 
because I'm lazy and I like to party, 
and the screen door and holes are 
there because sometimes parties 
and chaos run hand in hand. 

I usually leave these things 
for the landlords to discover after 
I move out. After all, that's what 
the security deposit is for. Unfor- 
tunately, the sewer problem had to 
be reported immediately, which led 
to the premature discovery of the 
other household blemishes. The 
Landlord's couch had become its 
own ecosystem for bacteria, mold, 
spiders, centipedes and many other 
insects that migrated illegally from 
my backyard. I also explained to my 



landlord that I would be moving to 
Washington D.C. for an internship 
soon and terminating my lease. 

It doesn't sadden me that this 
will be my last col- 
umn as opinions 
editor of the Current 
Sauce, but it does al- 
low me to reflect on 
what I really wanted 
to accomplish by 
taking this position. 
Students need to be 
aware of what's go- 
ing on around them. 

Last week, high 
school students from 
Louisiana gathered at NSU for 
jDay, a program put on by the de- 




Chris Watts 

Opinions Editor 



partment of journalism. During a 
conversation about the "Jena Six," 
a graduating high school senior 
asked, "Who is Jesse Jackson?" To 
my dismay, her friend 
said, "You know, he 
does, like, issues and 
stuff." 

I don't know these 
girls personally, but 
I'd bet that they're not 
very aware of the world 
around them. You can't 
contribute to a promis- 
ing future if you don't 
know anything about 
the past and present. 
The real inconvenient truth is 
that democracy is beginning to fail. 



Government is growing larger every 
day by ""uneducating"" citizens and 
discovering ways to relieve them of 
personal responsibility. I'm sure the 
girls from jDay would gladly trade 
their freedoms for a Mike's Hard 
Lemonade and would never know 
the difference. 

Even worse, these girls are 
of voting age. The last freedom 
granted by the First Amendment 
is the right to petition the Govern- 
ment for a redress of grievances. 
Some argue that this opportunity 
arises once every four years dur- 
ing elections. Unfortunately, most 
citizens don't exercise this right by 
not taking the time to vote. A large 
portion of citizens that do, how- 



ever, don't take the time to educate 
themselves on who they are voting 
for. They vote along party lines, or 
vote values over individuals. 

It's vital to our future that stu- 
dents become socially and politi- 
cally aware. The biggest threats to 
our freedom are not terrorists but 
lack of knowledge and motivation 
to learn. 

I've had a lot of fun at the Cur- 
rent Sauce. To all the Scholars Col- 
lege professors I've angered with 
"conservative propaganda," thanks 
for reading. Soon I'll be leaving 
the "sheltered, uneducated town of 
Natchitoches." Hopefully, I'll learn 
a thing or two from the educated 
folks up north. 



Campus security, what campus security? 



Amanda Duncil 

Freshman Journalism Major 

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an issue with many of the students 
on campus. The Thanksgiving theft 
at University Place left many won- 
dering how safe it really is on cam- 
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prior to leaving, and no signs of 
forced entry were found in any of 
the rooms targeted. 

A week has 
passed and no word 
has been given 
about this issue. 
Victims are left 
questioning if they 
will ever get their 
possessions back 
and if anything will 
be done to heighten 
security over the 
Christmas break. 

The people in 
charge of security tell the residents 
to secure or take home items they 
do not wish to be stolen over the 
break; however, residents should 




Amanda Duncil 

Guest Columnist 



not have to worry about their be- 
longings being at risk when they 
leave to go home. 

Is it not the job of 
the university to find 
a means to prevent 
things like this from 
happening? 

When making the 
choice to come to NSU, 
they say lots of won- 
derful things, espe- 
cially everything they 
have done to tighten 
security. 

Has anything 

changed? 

A large chunk of money was 
spent on the kiosks around campus 
that are never turned on, money 



that could probably be better used 
toward more cameras. 

If the first floor of University 
Place is the only floor with cameras, 
how much is being accomplished? 

Things have been happening 
all year on the third floor and noth- 
ing has yet been done to put an end 
to it. 

Year after year, people continue 
to move in with the belief that they 
are somewhat safe. Unfortunately, 
that is not the case. 

Something needs to be done to 
assure that something like this will 
not happen again. 

Where is all the money that is 
being used for security going? The 
campus needs to step up the safety 
before something worse happens. 



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Asses and Elephants 



Paul Shelton 

Sophomore liberal arts major 
KNWD Host 

As much as standardized test- 
ing hurts high schools, they would 
hurt universities even more. First 
and foremost, trying to come up 
with one test that could compare 
the education of all college stu- 
dents would be very difficult to do. 
Trying to create individual tests for 
each department and discipline, 
while perhaps a novel idea, would 
be too time consuming and a poor 
investment of time and resources. 

The current system of compar- 
ing colleges by its graduation rates 
and admission rates to med/law/ 
grad schools has been fairly effec- 
tive. Ivy League schools that can 
"choose" who they want to bring in 
actually don't have the greatest un- 
dergraduate programs. 

This isn't a hidden fact; in- 
formation shows that Ivy League 
schools aren't a wise investment 
for undergraduate studies. Also, 
comparing colleges with standard- 
ized tests will cause the same prob- 
lem NCLB caused in some high 
schools. It will cause professors and 
universities to think less about how 
to educate their students properly 
and instead make them focus class- 
es on things needed to do better on 
the standardized tests. 

Some things would make edu- 
cation as a whole and specifically 
college education better. Standard- 
ized testing is simply not one of 
them. For the same reasons it failed 
high schools in the No Child Left 
Behind system, it would fail univer- 
sities. One thing we should all agree 
on is that college education in the 
U.S. can certainly be improved. 




Paul Shelton 

KNWD Host 



Opinions are written by 
students of NSU and do not 
necessarily represent the 
opinion of anybody 
but themselves. 




Tim Gattie 

KNWD Host 



Tim Gattie 

Senior English major 
KNWD Host 

In the past decade or so there 
have been serious attacks on stan- 
dardized tests. It's no surprise then 
that the knee-jerk reaction to a 
plan to bring them to colleges is 
complete opposition. Let's consider 
what is actually trying to be accom- 
plished by this plan. 

Here we have a chance to test 
the actual learning that goes on at a 
university. All current measures we 
take to compare schools are based 
on how successful their graduates 
are. 

Now while that is valuable in- 
formation, it's not necessarily an 
indication of academic success, 
more an indication of admissions 
success. If you only recruit people 
who are almost sure to be success- 
ful - like Harvard, Yale and other 
Ivy League Schools - then how 
successful do your teachers have to 
be? 

Testing students when they 
come into college and when they 
leave is a step actually comparing 
how well students learned, not how 
well the admissions department 
chose them. Obviously this couldn't 
be the "be all end all" of univer- 
sity rankings, and the current idea 
needs some tweaking. The major 
change being that the tests should 
be tailored by department instead 
of a single test for all students. 

Still, this gives us an oppor- 
tunity to have more information 
on what is working and what isn't 
than before, and thus a chance at 
making education better for all in- 
volved. How can we possibly say no 
to that? 




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B. Barack Obama 

C. Mike Huckabee 

D. John Edwards 

E. Rudy Giuliani 

F. Hillary Clinton 

G. Mitt Romney 
H. Fred Thompson 

I. Joe Biden 
J. Bill Richardson 
K. John McCain 

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Sports Editc 
mdaniel001@student.nsula.ed 
December 5, 200 




Who would 
have guessed? 



Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



West Virginia 
lost to Pitt in an- 
other huge upset... 
well, on second 
thought, no upset 
is really that huge in 

this season. 

In a season full of upsets, was 
it really that 
surprising 
that No. 1 and 
No. 2 went 
down in the 
sameweekend 
to erase any 
semblance of 
order in this 
college foot- 
ball season? 

Not to sound like a broken re- 
cord, but this year's bowls are proof 
that we need a playoff system in 
college football. Sure, it's great that 
every game in college football's reg- 
ular season is essentially a playoff, 
but come on. 

Is USC-Illinois really interest- 
ing at all? USC should run all over 
the three-loss Illini. But everyone 
knows the Rose Bowl is all about 
the parade, the bands and the two 
conferences it accommodates. 

Granted, the Rose Bowl tradi- 
tion is great. The Tournament of 
Roses is one of the best traditions 
in football. 

The last time Illinois got to 
a BCS game in 2001, they were 
blown out by a speedy team with 
a stellar defense and couldn't use 
their comeback magic at the end. 

Georgia-Hawaii is the most 
intriguing match-up besides the 
Title game, but does anyone expect 
Georgia to have many problems 
with the Rainbow Warriors? 

Hey, I have to give credit to the 
Sugar Bowl for having the guts to 
take a chance on Hawaii and still 
keep their SEC ties with Georgia. 

USC-Georgia in the Rose 
would have been the best match-up 
because that could have been the 
perfect spot to slide in a plus-one 
game or figure out who the best 
team in college football really is. 

The BCS fights a valiant fight. 
It attempts to bring order to a cha- 
otic holiday bowl scenario. 

And, with the exception of a 
few hiccups along the way, they've 
gotten it right. But this year is the 
Doomsday scenario where one 
game can't - and shouldn't - elimi- 
nate a team from national champi- 
onship contention. 

1 love the fact that the bowls 
turn the regular season into sort 
of a de facto playoff, but that's now 
not enough. 

As bad as it all is, the title game 
match-up is pretty much what it 
should be. Sure, it would be great 
to see a champion crowned on the 
field, but as long as it's handled by 
the polls, the voters did the right 
thing. 

Ohio State is the most ac- 
complished one-loss team, despite 
playing in a relatively easy Big Ten 
conference. However, they can't 
help the fact that their conference 
is weak. 

Sure, Kansas only lost one 
game, but its only loss was to the 
only team it played with a single 
vote in the final AP or coaches poll. 
That's right, the only one. 

LSU gets the nod over Georgia 
and the crowded field of two-loss 
teams because it has more key wins 
and never lost in regulation. 

So despite the need for a new 
system, the voters were able to en- 
sure the two best teams would be in 
the championship game. 

Miller Daniel is a sophomore 
journalism major. The views ex- 
pressed do not necessarily represent 
those of the entire Sauce staff or 
those of the university. 



NSU athletes rack up 
honors, break records 



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Natalie Waguespack 

The senior midfielder for the NSU soccer team from Baker, La., broke the 
record for most games played in a career. She started all 20 games dur- 
ing the 2007 season. She came to NSU as a freshman in 2003, where she 
also started every game in that season as well as her sophomore season in 
2004. In 2005, she played in every game but missed her senior season in 
2006 due to a knee injury. She received a medical redshirt and earned an 
All-Southland Conference second team honors. She broke the 85 games 
played record set by Tarra Powasnik from 2002 to 2005. 



Byron Lawrence 

The junior tailback from Little Rock, Ark., ran for a career-best 23 1 yards 
on 35 carries against arch rival Stephen F. Austin. It was his fifth 100-yard 
game in SLC play. His total tied legendary Joe Delaney for fifth best in De- 
mon history. His 1,377 yards on the season - fourth best in school history 
- gave him the conference rushing title. His 125.2 yards per game average 
led the SLC on the season. He was also fourth best in school history and 
ranked ninth nationally on the season. He also cracked the top 10 in rush- 
ing yardage in school history. He was named to the All-SLC first team. 



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Jeremy Jefferson 



The freshman tailback rushed for nine consecutive 
attempts in the second half against Nicholls State on 
Oct. 6. He broke a record set by Charlie Tolar in 1958, 
one of NSU's oldest records. 



Erin Hebert 

The senior forward from Carencro, La., was a two time 
SLC Offensive Player of the Week this season. She be- 
gan 2007 as a preseason All-SLC selection and finished 
it with first team All-SLC. She was also voted the SLC 
women's soccer player of the year. 



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Robert Weeks 



The junior place kicker from Pineville, La., has scored 
145 career points and needs five to rank in the careej 
top 10 scorers in school history. He is nine short of the 
record for career field goals made. He has attempted 41 , / 
career field goals, 18 short of the school record. 



Lady Demons log historic victory 

Bench plays key role in 103-39 romp over Southern-N.O. 




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Shooting 55 percent as 13 play- 
ers scored, five in double figures, 
the NSU women's basketball team 
overwhelmed visiting Southern 
of New Orleans 101-39 Tuesday 
night. 

The Lady Demons (4-4) posted 
the second fewest points allowed 
in school history in the program's 
most dominating defensive per- 
formance in 31 years. The school 
record was set in an 84-34 win in 
1976-77 over Ouachita Baptist. 

The 62-point win was the fifth- 
largest margin of victory all-time 
for NSU and the largest since a 77- 
point rout of Prairie View in a 119- 
42 game in 1992-'93, the second- 
largest victory margin in school 
history. 

Senior forward Ashli Barnum 
led NSU with 17 points in 18 min- 
utes off the bench. Jessica McPhail 
had 13, Renotta Edwards 12, Brit- 
tiany Houston 11 and Tena Mat- 
thews 10 for the Lady Demons, who 
never trailed and outscored SUNO 
54-17 after taking a 47-22 halftime 
advantage. 

SUNO (2-4) had 37 turnovers 
while using only eight players. Di- 
sha Leonard led the visitors with 
14 points while Carliesha Johnson 



added 11. 

NSU notched 25 steals, 7 by 
freshman guard Brooke Shepherd, 
who was one of four Lady Demons 
with four assists along with Hous- 
ton, Lyndzee Green and Carmen 
Wallace. 

The Lady Demon bench out- 
scored their counterparts 56-4. 

NSU held a modest 10-point 
lead midway through the first half 
before scoring 14 unanswered 
points over a four-minute stretch 
to roar ahead 37-13 with 4:47 left 
in the half. 

NSU, after going 0-18 on 3- 
pointers a week earlier in a one- 
point loss at Centenary, sank 8 of 
17 from distance, with six different 
players hitting treys. 

Every Lady Demon played 
at least five minutes and nobody 
played more than Shepherd's 21. 
Eleven players got in at least 10 
minutes of action. 

The 101-point total was the 
second-largest in Jennifer Graf's 
four seasons as head coach. Her 
first team beat Arkansas-Monti- 
cello 102-79 early in the 2004-05 
season. 

The Lady Demons play at home 
again Saturday at 2 p.m. against old 
rival Louisiana-Monroe. Tuesday 
night's game was the first meeting 
between NSU and SUNO. 




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Noisy renovation shortens lunch 



Jim Mustian 

News Editor 

On a recent morning in Iber- 
ville Dining Hall, Jared Schifflet and 
Rebel Podell were having breakfast 
and struggling to hear each other 
over the deafening reverberations 
of a drill on the other side of the 
cafeteria. 

"What? I can't hear you," Schif- 
flet finally shouted across the table. 
Schifflet and Podell, both junior 
computer information systems ma- 
jors at NSU, later expressed their 
disenchantment with the ongoing 
renovation. 

"This used to be a place you 
could come and hang out with your 
friends and relax," Schifflet said. 
"Now, it's like you're eating at a 
construction site," Podell added. 

A musty smell permeates the 
room. The carpet has been ripped 
up and the booths that students 
used to stretch out in have been 
removed. One side of the cafeteria 
has been cordoned off by wooden 
frames supporting sheets of plastic 
intended to separate a work area 
from where students gather to eat. 

This, however, does little to 
buffer the cacophony of electric 
tools that can be heard much of the 
day, and often falls short of hiding 
workers standing on scaffolds. 

The tables have been pushed 



much closer together to compen- 
sate for less seating room. 

Sodexho Campus Services' $1 
million renovation of Iberville is al- 
ready making an appreciable differ- 
ence in the dining experience. 

Most notably, it has caused the 
cafeteria to shave three hours off its 
hours of operation - it now closes 
twice in the middle of the day. 

Vance Howe, the general man- 
ager of Sodexho at NSU, said the 
closures are related to the renova- 
tion but that the same construc- 
tion would take place during those 
times. 

"We scaled back our hours be- 
cause we don't have all the stations 
open, so we have less people work- 
ing up here." 

Howe said Sodexho first stud- 
ied average traffic at specific times 
of the day and decided the closures 
- once in the morning between 
10:30 a.m. and 11a.m. and again be- 
tween 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - would 
be appropriate and go largely un- 
noticed. 

"Historically, no one's in there 
at that time, so it's like 'Why keep it 
open?'" 

But students were not in- 
formed of the change before reg- 
istering for classes and planning 
their schedules. One afternoon last 
week, eight students showed up in 
just a 10- minute time frame shortly 



after the doors were locked. 

Chianti Davis, a sophomore 
nursing major, had walked across 
campus with an empty stomach 
after her classes ended around 2:45 
p.m. 

"I used to eat at this time last 
semester," she said. "I'll just have to 
come back at 4:30." 

Antonio Robertson, a junior 
social work major, approached the 
door and began knocking before he 
discovered the sign. 

"I'm disappointed," he said. "I 
guess I'll try Vic's." 

A freshman, Jace Prescott, 
was initially frustrated but seemed 
more accepting after learning of 
the renovation. 

"I guess if it's for construction, 
I understand." 

The sporadic disabling and 
malfunctioning of the sliding doors 
at the entrance has added to the 
confusion at times. 

A couple of students ap- 
proached the cafeteria on Monday 
and apparently left with the im- 
pression that it was closed because 
of the holiday. Another student 
waited awhile before the door was 
manually opened for him. Once 
inside, an associate explained the 
door was not functioning properly 
and had been closed due to the cold 
weather. 

cont. on p. 2 




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Freshman biology major Tiffany Bell attempts to enjoy her meal 
in Iberville Dining Hall despite construction work taking place 
behind her. The renovations, which are running behind sched- 
ule, are producing din, dust and debris. 



Solving the textbook problem: an analysis 



Jim Mustian 

News Editor 

The motto of last semester's 
book buy-back at Campus Cor- 
ner read "Milk it for all its worth" 
and banners even featured a large 
cow for visual emphasis. Growing 
resentment and tensions between 
buyer and seller in the college text- 
book market suggested an ambigu- 



ity in this. Some students waiting 
in line snickered, asking each other 
who was actually doing the milk- 
ing. 

Textbooks can be expensive. 
For years they have presented an 
additional challenge for college 
students already strapped for cash: 
coming up with hundreds of dollars 
each semester for materials often 
essential to passing courses. 



While students have displayed 
a proclivity to point the finger at 
bookstores for not providing low- 
er-cost options and buying books 
back at a fraction of the price they 
were sold, retailers maintain that 
high prices are first determined by 
wholesalers. Wholesalers and pub- 
lishers, often accused of churning 
out new editions far too often, in 
turn cite increasingly higher pro- 




Photo by Michael Silver/Current Sauce 

Junior Casey Burnett waits for Sajhata Brathwaite to ring up her books in the University Book- 
store Voucher Line, but for those not dependent upon book vouchers other choices exist. Text- 
book prices have soared, leading students to search the Internet for alternatives. 



duction costs and point to ever- 
changing technology that warrants 
frequent updating. 

A closer look at the hard data 
reveals an alarming trend. 

The Government Account- 
ability Office in 2005 reported an 
increase in textbook prices at twice 
the rate of annual inflation over the 
last 20 years. 

Students around the country 
spend an average of $900 a year on 
textbooks - or about the equivalent 
of 20 percent of tuition at many 
universities - according to a report 
by the U.S. Federation of Public In- 
terest Groups. 

Publishers release a new edi- 
tion about every three and a half 
years, the report said, which often 
complicates or precludes the fur- 
ther use of older editions. 

Practices such as this as well 
as bundling - a means of driving 
up prices by selling some books 
only with accompanying materials 
such as workbooks and CD-ROMs 
- have often irritated students. 

Some of the stakeholders no 
longer appear willing to accept 
the circumstances of a market that 
economists have labeled structur- 
ally flawed - or driven by supply 
and not demand. 

"I hate that I buy them because 
you don't use them," says Asya 
Mitchem, a junior political science 
major at NSU. "Then you go to the 
bookstore and they want to give you 
like $2 for your book. I remember 



a book I got was brand new. It was 
$100 and they only wanted to give 
me like $8 dollars for it." 

Short-term solutions 

The conundrum has left frus- 
trated students seeking more af- 
fordable alternatives, be it purchas- 
ing materials online, sharing with 
a colleague or, in some cases, just 
going without the book. 

Students willing to wait a few 
extra days for books to arrive can 
sometimes find deals online. 

"Barnesandnoble.com is a lot 
cheaper, especially if you get the 
used books," says Jessica Hollier, a 
freshman at the Louisiana Scholars' 
College. "You can get books that 
nobody used - but they're classi- 
fied 'used' because they've been 
previously owned - for about half 
the price of what you pay at Cam- 
pus Corner." 

April Rond, freshman nursing 
major, says she finds similar bar- 
gains at amazon.com. 

Many students reported simi- 
lar behavior. But some even said 
the price of certain textbooks had 
deterred them from taking particu- 
lar courses. , 

The National Association of 
College Stores recently reported 
that 60 percent of college students 
do not buy all of their required 
reading materials, which, it said, 
could impede academic progress. 

cont. on p. 2 



Student shows school spirit, secures scholarship 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

Attending NSU athletic events 
can pay for college - that is what 
Amanda Haynes, sophomore radi- 
ology tech major, discovered last 
Saturday when she was awarded a 
$1,700 check from the Demon Re- 
wards Program for attending the 
most home athletic events in the 
Fall 2007 semester. 

Haynes attended all home ath- 
letic events except for one cross 
country meet during last semester, 
which she said was very challeng- 
ing. 



"It was very time consuming 
and pretty hard to do with classes 
and homework," Haynes said. 

Going into the Demon Re- 
wards challenge, Haynes said she 
did it just for fun since she attended 
NSU games somewhat regularly 
the previous year, but she decided 
to "go for it" as time went on. 

She never paid attention to 
the online points tally, but she had 
a feeling she was a front-runner. 
Haynes said she started to pay at- 
tention to others she recognized 
regularly at the games. As the se- 
mester continued, she realized she 
was one of the few able to attend all 



of them. 

The NSU marketing depart- 
ment began to recognize her as a 
potential Demon Rewards go-get- 
ter during the cross country meets, 
when student attendance is low. 
She began making an impression 
on them, Brian Seiler, assistant di- 
rector of athletic marketing, said. 

Seiler said Haynes may not 
have stayed for the entire sporting 
event, but she showed up, signed 
in and participated as a fan for 
over half the event. He said Haynes 
should be a model for future win- 
ners. "She didn't just sign in and 

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Hours to be readjusted in a few weeks 



cont. from p. 1 

The renovation - which was 
originally planned for the summer 
of 2007 and then postponed to last 
semester - began on Dec. 26 and 
should be completed before the 
end of this semester. 

Meanwhile, the abbreviated 
hours will likely be adjusted within 
four to eight weeks as the first ren- 
ovated side reopens and more serv- 
ing stations are made available. 



The refurbished cafeteria 
should feature display cooking sta- 
tions, new flooring and seating, and 
the relocation of the C- store - the 
convenient store currently located 
in the Friedman Student Union 
- to Iberville. 

Sodexho management has at- 
tributed this move to a heavier 
concentration of students living in 
University Place - located directly 
behind the cafeteria - and the ad- 
jacent construction of University 



Place II. 

Howe said the renovation had 
been postponed due to "issues with 
the fire marshal." 

"We were kind of surprised 
that we were even going to start 
to remodel now because, when we 
went home for Christmas, the fire 
marshal hadn't even approved it," 
Howe said. 

"We're really excited about it 
because right now, all the equip- 
ment is so old." 



Students seek alternatives as prices soar, 
future to call for digital marketplace 

cont. from p. 1 



Part of the problem might be 
that used textbooks make up just 
30 percent of the entire market. 

While studies predict short- 
term solutions could further exac- 
erbate the challenges of today, more 
and more are quickly emerging. 

Two relatively new Web sites, 
for instance, rent textbooks to stu- 
dents for the duration of a semester 
at a fraction of the retail price. 

Chegg.com and Bookrenter. 
com were both created by students 
tired of forking over large sums of 
money for books they had no in- 
tention of keeping, only to be of- 
fered next to nothing when resell- 
ing them, if anything at all. 

Both sites charge for shipping 
but send pre-paid postage for the 
return. Students also hold the op- 
tion to pay the difference if they de- 
cide to buy the books. 

"Statistics for the Behavioral 
Sciences" - required reading this 
semester for Psychology 4400 - 
sells for about $140 new and $106 
used at Campus Corner or can be 
rented for about $62 from chegg. 
com. 

Although these services boast 
a selection of more than 2 million 
books, the deal is not immune from 
some restrictions. 

The books can be highlighted 
but not written in, and pages should 
never be "dog-eared." Customers 
must also return the books on time 
or pay a fine. 

Bookrenter.com - the first of 
the two to begin business - is on 
average more expensive than chegg. 
com when renting for an entire se- 
mester. 

However, it offers five differ- 
ent rental periods - with the prices 
adjusted accordingly - in case stu- 
dents decide to get a book halfway 
through the semester or just want 
to study for the final. 

Larger universities are also 
linking together via online book 
exchanges. Students at Louisiana 
State University can log on to a bul- 
letin board at campusbookswap. 
com and buy, sell or trade. 

While online rental services 
and book exchanges could trigger a 
change in purchasing behavior, the 
concept itself is far from novel. 



Southeastern Louisiana Uni- 
versity in Hammond has provided 
a rental service to its students since 
1935. 

Actually, renting textbooks 
from the school has become man- 
datory, as a fee is assessed to stu- 
dents' accounts each time they en- 
roll in a course that requires a book 
the service offers. 

Judy Easley, the manager of 
the textbook rental staff there, said 
students spend about $140 each se- 
mester on books. 

"Students and parents are very 
appreciative of our program and 
the cost savings it provides," she 
said in an e-mail interview. 

While students may benefit 
significantly from such a service, 
start-up costs are often prohibitive. 
The NACS reported a meager 1.8 
percent of its member bookstores 
offered rental programs as of spring 
2006. 

Indeed, just 25 universities or 
colleges in the country offer a book 
rental service. 

But this kind of setup can also 
limit the freedom professors have 
when selecting course materials. 

"A successful rental program 
requires that faculty members 
commit to their textbook choices 
for four to six semesters before 
changing, often a difficult propo- 
sition," the NACS maintains on its 
Web site. 

"In some cases rental programs 
may violate state contracts between 
college boards and faculty associa- 
tions regarding faculty's right to se- 
lect instructional materials." 

The Future is Digital 

The situation hasn't gone un- 
noticed on Capitol Hill. In fact, 
lawmakers appear to be interested 
in an intervention. 

More than 100 bills have been 
introduced by 34 states in the last 
three years proposing everything 
from eliminating state sales tax on 
college text books to mandating 
rental programs. 

Massachusetts Rep. Steven 
Walsh made headlines late last year 
when he proposed forcing publish- 
ers to make wholesale price lists 
available to faculty members. 

The idea is to facilitate commu- 



nication between the two parties; if 
professors know the new editions 
are too expensive and feature little 
to no changes, they might be more 
reluctant to pass those costs on to 
students. 

"The date of the Civil War 
hasn't changed. Robert Frost, to my 
knowledge, has not written new 
poems," Walsh said last year at a 
hearing on the matter, according to 
The Boston Globe. "So why do we 
need new textbooks every year?" 

The bill would also require any 
bundled materials to be sold sepa- 
rately as well. 

"We have a responsibility to 
make education affordable for stu- 
dents," he said before a commit- 
tee in the Massachusetts House of 
Representatives. 

While few bills have passed, 
the federal government deemed 
the situation worthy of a one-year, 
in-depth analysis to assess the mar- 
ket and publish some recommen- 
dations for improvement. 

The request was a result of the 
2005 Government Accountability 
Office report regarding the increase 
of price relative to inflation. 

The Advisory Committee on 
Student Financial Assistance, a fed- 
eral committee chartered by Con- 
gress, published its findings last 
year in a study titled "Turning the 
Page: Making College Textbooks 
More Affordable" after consulting 
with a former economics professor 
and college president, Dr. James 
Koch. 

The 100-page report conclud- 
ed that the only long-term solution 
would be to design and implement 
a "21st century digital marketplace," 
much like the approach California 
State University is taking. 

Such a marketplace would re- 
quire an enabling infrastructure, 
content providers, and institutional 
portals. 

While much of the literature is 
vague and many details have not yet 
been delineated, the new paradigm 
might benefit everyone involved by 
leveling the playing field and even 
giving publishers a better chance to 
distribute their product. 

For students storming out of 
Campus Corner after hearing that 
their materials are "of no value," a 
change may just be in order. 



Check worth 15 hours of tuition 

cont. from p. 1 



leave," Seiler said. "She really par- 
ticipated. She was a good first-time 
winner." 

Hayes still qualifies to partici- 
pate in this semester's Demon Re- 
wards program, but she will be busy 
with radiology technician clinicals 
in Shreveport this semester. 

She said she would try to keep 
going, but would mostly be able to 
make the weekend games. 

Hayes said more people will 



start going to the games now that 
they see what they win, with the 
prizes and scholarship being of- 
fered . 

"We are hoping with the word 
getting out... that students will 
start to see what it's all about," 
Seiler said. 

Last Thursday was the first 
athletic event to count for this se- 
mester's Demon Reward program. 

A hi-definition TV will be re- 
warded for the student who has 
the most points for the 2007-2008 



academic year at the end of this 
semester, along with the fall 2008 
scholarship and other prizes along 
the way. 

Seiler said it is unlikely for 
someone to attend every event in 
the spring, because there are so 
many. 

With baseball, Softball, track 
and field events, tennis and basket- 
ball, students have many opportu- 
nities to rack up points. There are 
also events over the holidays that 
count, Seiler reminded. 



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Kelli Fontenot 

Copy Editor/Staff Reporter 

Walk out of the northern doors 
of Kyser Hall and you'll undoubt- 
edly be overwhelmed by the scent 
of cigarette smoke. Students and 
faculty members congregate on the 
steps between classes to have con- 
versations and smoke cigarettes. 

These students and professors 
- some of NSU's best and bright- 
est - have every right to smoke 
where they want to smoke. For the 
last seven years, smoking has been 
permitted at NSU, according to the 
student handbook. 

So, why Kyser Hall? 

"This is one of the largest class- 
room buildings on campus," said 
graduate student Chris Callahan. 
"A lot of people have their entire 
schedule in this building." 

Several faculty members smoke 
cigarettes outside the building, in- 
cluding language and communica- 
tion instructor Susie Kuilan. 

She started smoking when she 
was 18 years old. 

"Somebody handed me a pack 
and I started smoking it - and I 
liked it," she said. 

Kuilan said she enjoys taking 
cigarette breaks because they also 
give her the chance to catch up on 
her reading. 

Immediate entrances and exit 
areas of buildings are supposed to 
be smoke-free zones, according to 
the student handbook, but many 



people still smoke there. This rule 
is odd, especially considering the 
"smokers' station" six feet away 
from the main doors of Kyser Hall. 

The Smokers' Station, manu- 
factured by a company called How- 
ard, has been in place for many 
years to encourage smokers to ex- 
tinguish their cigarettes properly, 
but many people just ignore it. 

"It is unattractive to have the 
cigarette butts all over campus. It 
is discourteous as a smoker to do 
that," said Callahan, who started 
smoking when he was 17 years old. 

Perhaps people toss their ciga- 
rettes on the ground because there 
are no major repercussions for do- 
ing so, senior biology and math ma- 
jor Maryann Mbaka said. 

"People end up spitting and 
throwing their cigarettes on the 
ground. It's not very sanitary," 
Mbaka said. 

Mbaka herself doesn't smoke. 

"I'm a biology student. I know 
better," Mbaka said. 

Deadly additives like carbon 
monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nico- 
tine and ammonia have contributed 
to millions of cases of cardiovascu- 
lar and lung disease. Over 400,000 
people die from tobacco-related 
diseases each year in the U.S., ac- 
cording to Thetruth.com's anti- 
smoking Web site. 

About 25 percent of college 
students still smoke, and 15 per- 
cent of college students light up ev- 
ery day, according to the Web site. 




A cigarette butt lies on top of 

It makes sense. Cigarettes 
evoke interest, not to mention in- 
evitable questions about why the 
smoker started. Sophisticated char- 
acters like James Bond and Carrie 
Bradshaw would change drastically 
if they didn't smoke cigarettes. 

It all depends on perspective. 

Callahan has tried to quit 
smoking many times. 

"Unfortunately, gum just- 
doesn't have the same effect," Cal- 
lahan said. 

Habit is a contributing factor, 



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instead of inside - a trash can in front of Kyser Hall. 



International student pursues 
pianist dream at NSU 



Jim Mustian 

News Editor 

With scores of students already 
in class, listening to lectures and 
sipping coffee just down the hall, 
the sound of his playing is hard not 
to notice. It's 8 a.m. on a Monday, 
and Arsentiy Kharitonov has al- 
ready locked himself in a practice 
room. 

A student enters the music 
building, late for class, fumbling his 
binder and rucksack. He pauses 
briefly before turning the corner 
and listens, visibly intrigued by the 
emotional outpour down the hall. 

Through a translucent window, 
Kharitonov can be seen flailing over 
the piano. His eyes are closed and 
it's evident that he is not just hear- 
ing the music but responding to it 
through some channel accessible to 
very few people. 

In the music world, the notes 
embody a universal language that 
transcends language barriers. In 
the practice room, Kharitonov is 
no longer Russian. He is no longer 
a brother, college student or boy- 
friend. He is a pianist in his ele- 
ment, perfecting his trade. 

He spends countless hours in 
here. It's where he comes to think 
and to vent. The piano helps him 
cope with life's surprises. 

"We all search for somebody 
who can understand us, and some- 
times there is no one who can un- 
derstand. And maybe, sometimes, 
you just don't want to trust any- 
body to open yourself," Kharitonov 
said. "[Piano is] like a medicine for 
me - I can open - I can trust the 
piano." 

A senior at NSU, his music ca- 
reer is just beginning. His teachers 
and fellow students describe him 
as a "phenomenal musician." One 
went so far as to say he will be fa- 
mous some day. 

Director of Creative and Per- 
forming Arts William Brent said 
Kharitonov is already a lulliard- 
caliber pianist. 

"He is a remarkable young man, 
extremely talented, and he has also 
succeeded academically," he said. 

Kharitonov's relationship to 
the piano began long ago on the 




Photo submitted by Jim Mustian 

Russian student Arsentiy Kharitonov recently applied to Yale to 
pursue a career in concert piano. 



other side of the world in Stary Os- 
kol, Russia, about 300 miles south 
of Moscow. 

It's no accident that Kharitonov 
ended up studying in a small town 
half a world away. Many interna- 
tional students have been attracted 
to NSU because of one man: Nikita 
Fitenko, a Russian assistant profes- 
sor of piano who has devoted his 
life to music, traveling the world to 
perform. He has also recorded his 
own albums. 

They met in 2003. Kharitonov 
was studying at a four-year music- 
school in St. Petersburg and Fiten- 
ko was home for a visit. It didn't 
take long to convince Fitenko, and 
Kharitonov was invited to study at 
NSU the next academic year. 

"I saw huge potential right 
away," Fitenko said, sitting on a 
piano bench in his office. Russian 
posters announcing concerts and 
performances cover the walls be- 
hind him. He speaks in a deep ac- 



cent, choosing his words carefully 
but pronouncing them confidently. 
Fitenko has revolutionized the mu- 
sic department here and generated 
a steady flow of both international 
students and professionals who are 
invited to perform. 

His teaching approach dif- 
fers in that he doesn't try to confer 
fundamentals or sound mechanics 
upon his students. By the time they 
get here, they've been studying for 
years and are pursuing a degree in 
music, if not a career. 

"He's a very good teacher. I re- 
ally can say that I've learned from 
him the most," Kharitonov said. 

Kharitonov recalls a time in St. 
Petersburg when Fitenko abruptly 
interrupted his playing and de- 
manded he come to the window. 
He told him to look out the window 
at the snowy, busy street and then 
asked him how it made him feel. 
Only after some reflection was he 
cont. on p. 4 



but Callahan said he also chooses 
to smoke because it is his "last re- 
maining major vice and rebellion." 

Callahan considers himself 
a courteous smoker; he does not 
smoke inside his house for the sake 
of his wife and children. He also 
said he agrees that the accommo- 
dations for smokers at NSU could 
use some improvement. 

"It is unattractive to have the 
cigarette butts all over campus. It 
is discourteous as a smoker to do 
that," Callahan said. 



Callahan pointed out, how- 
ever, that even if the campus built 
a canopy with several receptacles 
nearby, people would probably still 
litter. 

At NSU, the Smokers' Sta- 
tions may be ignored because they 
are impractical - one smoker said 
she has seen them on fire several 
times. 

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cles on campus were more accom- 
modating, people wouldn't treat 
our campus like an ashtray. 



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Politics at NSU: Student 
groups prepare for 
upcoming election 



Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

Who says that college students 
don't care about politics? 

According to a study done by 
American university students and 
washingtonpost.com, 96 percent 
of college students intend to vote 
in the upcoming presidential elec- 
tion. 

College student involvement 
in politics also proves true at NSU. 
There are currently active College 
Democrat and College Republican 
clubs on campus. 

Both clubs are active in pro- 
moting student involvement in the 
issues and activities of their respec- 
tive political parties. 

"We assist candidate hopefuls 
with their campaigns, register vot- 
ers throughout the parish, man vot- 
ing stations, and organize service 
projects," said NSU College Repub- 
licans Chairman Wil Adams. 

However, it isn't always about 
getting students to join a certain 
political party. 

"We put information up around 
campus to encourage students to 
vote, but not necessarily along party 
lines," said NSU College Democrats 
Vice Chairman Cody Bourque. 

Both clubs are busy during 
election time. 

"We do things such as work- 
ing alongside candidates for state 
office, learning politics at the state 
and national level, and making a 
positive change in the state we live 
in," said Adams. 

According to collegedems. 
com, "during election years College 
Democrats work hard to mobilize 



student voters and recruit volun- 
teers for their campaigns." 

"We will be meeting soon to 
talk about how we will promote the 
candidates," said Bourque. 

"College Republicans are 
working diligently to prepare for 
the upcoming elections. We are not 
backing one particular candidate; 
rather we are backing the party as 
a whole," Adams said. 

If a student is interested in 
joining one of these clubs, he or she 
can contact representatives from 
either organization. 

"The sign up process is simple; 
contact myself or Alan Sypert, our 
State Chairman, who is also an 
NSU Alum," Adams said. 

To join the College Democrats, 
a student can "contact Tegan Rymcr, 
Cody Bourque, or any other active 
member of the club," Bourque said. 
Students can also join the club on 
Facebook. 

Both the College Democrats 
and College Republicans have 
Facebook groups. 

The College Democrats and 
College Republicans at NSU are 
not the only ones interested in the 
upcoming presidential election. 

Other NSU students also have 
opinions about the upcoming elec- 
tion. 

"Since this ei^ ...>n campaign 
unofficially began back in 2004 for 
certain candidates, with less than 
10 months left t*s finally clearing 
up and making more sense," said 
junior liberal arts major Paul Shel- 
ton. "I think the best candidates in 
the race are Obama and Guiliani, 
but the best candidates never make 
it to November." 




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allowed to resume playing. 

"He encourages you to look 
inside of yourself, to find your own 
way," Kharitonov said. 

Although Kharitonov said 
Fitenko has been more than a 
teacher, they still use the formal ad- 
dress and inflection when speaking 
Russian. This is common in Russia; 
it conveys respect, but also dis- 
tance. Fitenko said he has a special 
relationship with all of his students, 
not just Kharitonov. 

Fitenko lives in Alexandria and 
commutes everyday. He was at the 
airport to pick Kharitonov up on his 
first day in the States. The young pi- 
anist was too tired to remember or 
see much his first night in his new 
world but re- 
members waking 
up the next day 
to "a lot of neat 
houses." He was 
impressed as well 
with his first ride 
through down- 
town Natchi- 
toches. 

Kharitonov 
has battled his 

fair share of ste- " l " ~" J ' L J even men- 

reotypes in his like a medicine for me - 1 tuning the 

time here, but he _ r , , ^ proximity of 

said he expected CaH °P m 1 lYUSl im his home and 

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you have cars in Russia?' I'm like, 
'come on.'" 

He doesn't take it personally 
but said it's frustrating at times that 
people still have impressions based 
on the past. 

"Since the Cold War, America 
has stereotypes about Russia and 
they are just so steady." 

One morning in the fall of 
2004, his first semester at NSU, he 
walked into his world geography 
class with something to prove. Dis- 
appointed with what he felt was an 
inaccurate portrayal of his country 
in the textbook, he had prepared a 
slide show and presentation for his 
classmates. 

He was upset about the pic- 
tures showing only dilapidated 
parts of major cities and the gen- 



eral Cold War 

"We all search for some- 
body who can under- 
stand us, and sometimes 

there is no one who can 
understand. And maybe, 
sometimes, you just don't 
want to trust anybody to 

open yourself [Piano is] 



mentality he 
sensed. 

He went 
through slide 
after slide of 
pictures he 
had taken 
himself, ex- 
plaining vari- 
ous monu- 
ments and 



between the two cultures. He re- 
calls times when students have 
asked him questions about Russia 
that reveal their ignorance. 

"People ask me sometimes 'do 



to them. Af- 
ter about 20 minutes of lectur- 
ing in broken English, Kharitonov 
thanked the students for staying 
awake for once and gave the floor 
back to the professor. 



He drew a standing ovation. 

"People didn't see it; it's not 
their fault. I just wanted to open 
their minds to see something new." 

Kharitonov speaks fluent Rus- 
sian, Ukrainian, Mongolian and 
now English, but when he origi- 
nally decided to accept the music- 
scholarship at NSU, his skills were 
limited to a few short greetings and 
survival phrases. 

He quickly began teaching 
himself, purchasing books and 
CDs. He later had a tutor, at times 
studying up to six hours a day. The 
first weeks were challenging for 
him, but it hasn't taken long for 
Kharitonov to pick up on even the 
most difficult of colloquialisms. 

Some of his colleagues say he 
has improved more than any of the 
international students and attribute 
this to an outgoing personality and 
constant interaction with Ameri- 
cans. 

While he still has an unmistak- 
able accent, he said he can use this 
to his advantage when he needs to. 

"Women think it's very exotic," 
he said, laughing. 

He may still be prone to the 
occasional blunder while speak- 
ing English. In music, his preferred 
means of expressing himself, he is 
rarely misunderstood. 

"Music is the international 
language. It goes straight to your 
mind, to your heart," he said. "We 
can talk about a table or chair, but 
we can understand each other dif- 
ferently," he said. "Music, without 
any explanation, goes straight to 
the heart and speaks there." 

Kharitonov could have contin- 



ued his studies at the St. Petersburg 
State Conservatory. He recognized 
the opportunities America had to 
offer, but he was hesitant to leave 
the country he had grown to love 
and support unconditionally. 
"I think 

that because "Music is the interna- 
ls. United 
States is an 
empire for 
now, there 
are lots of op- 
portunities 
and it dic- 
tates certain 
ways for the 
whole world, 
how it should 
be," he said. 
"If you're on 
the top then 
you can see 
where you 

want to go from there. It was a very 
hard decision. I was very patriotic." 

He adamantly defends his 
country, even at a time when ten- 
sions have returned between the 
U.S. and the former superpower. 

His experience has provided 
him a unique point of view, one 
that affords him the ability to al- 
ways keep things in perspective. 

He has traveled all of Europe 
- including the Scandinavian coun- 
tries - and seen parts of Africa and 
even Iraq. 

He said there are good and 
bad people in every country and he 
doesn't dislike someone necessarily 
based on nationality. 

As a child, he spent summers 
in Mongolia with his grandmother. 



tional language. It goes 
straight to your mind, to 
your heart. We can talk 
about a table or chair, 
but we can understand 
each other differently. 
Music, without any ex- 
planation, goes straight 
to the heart and speaks 
there" 



He picked up the language rather 
quickly and still writes some of his 
notes in it occasionally - from right 
to left, that is. 

Even without hearing his ac- 
cent, it isn't difficult to guess that 
Kharitonov is 
a foreigner. He 
regularly sports 
European attire 
- corduroy pants 
and even the occa- 
sional beret - and 
still insists on his 
Russian vodka. He 
wastes little time 
getting from A to 
B, with a bounce 
in his gait that's 
easy to recognize 
from afar. 
He doesn't hesi- 
tate to speak his 
mother tongue in 

public. 

He keeps up with his "broth- 
ers" by cell phone and also chats 
regularly with another pianist in 
some of his classes and the library 
computer lab, often drawing more 
than one uncomfortable stare. 

Back in the practice room, 
Kharitonov rests his tired fingers 
for a moment. He has large, quick 
hands that are hard to follow dur- 
ing some pieces. 

On stage, he is a bit of an en- 
tertainer. After some performanc- 
es, he winds his arm like a windmill 
and slams the final key while leap- 
ing backwards off the bench - all 
in one movement - making a mad 
dash backstage. 

The energy he sometimes has 



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trouble containing is not intende 
to draw attention, according t 
Fitenko. Rather, it is an artistic ex 
pression. 

Kharitonov can usually ge j^ era < 
away with it because he is young 
but at times it goes too far, Fitenfc ' umn 
said. Editor 

"Sometimes he gets overcxcit j t 
ed. He has to learn to how to kce| ^ thinl 
himself in the borders of a partial ue SQ] 
lar style." „ this 

Despite his potential, the 'liquid 
ture remains undetermined ally kec 
Kharitonov. He plans on gradual > eo p] L , 
inginMay. 25wh() 
From there, graduate schoo ^ Q n()t 
appears very likely. Julliard nl 'g' 1 have a I 
be financially impossible, but b ventLIIC 
said it's overrated anyway. world o 

"People still believe Julliard i - r j 1( 
the best. Great pianists came ''•'on e g , orl t 
that school, but no one lately." wor \d 

Kharitonov has applied for nat js p 
full scholarship at Yale but is alsj ars aR 
considering other schools includ oc j etv 
ing the University of North Texas y m 
where Fitenko earned his masteif 
and doctorate. 

No matter where he end 
Fitenko said he's confident 



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Natchitoches pays tribute to 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 




Photo by Jennifer Kaup/ Current Sauce 

Senior graphic arts major Steven Lawrence and City Council- 
woman Sylvia Morrow present a wreath in honor of Dr. King. 



Octavia Bolds 

Senior Staff Reporter 

"I have a dream," Dr. Martin 
L. King, Jr. said in one of his highly 
noted speeches. As the Natchi- 
toches community celebrated Dr. 
Martin Luther King's civil rights ef- 
forts, many people wanted to know 
"how to march from the dream to 
reality." 

The Black Heritage committee 
of Natchitoches deemed education 
the answer. 

Members of the Black Heri- 
tage committee and city officials 
of Natchitoches hosted the Dr. 
King program at the Martin Luther 
King, Jr. Recreation Center Mon- 



day. The program has been put on 
by the Black Heritage committee 
since 1984. 

"We hope that young people 
would be more enlightened about 
the dream of Dr. Martin L. King 
because he was about education, 
peace, and equality," said Sylvia 
Morrow, councilwoman, member 
of the Black Heritage committee 
and program chairperson. 

This year, many young people 
participated in the program as au- 
dience members and entertainers. 

The program included song 
selections from the Natchitoches 
Parish Detention Center, Shekinah 
Glory Praise team, Mona Moore, 
and a dance selection from the 



Agape Love Center Dancers. Also, 
prominent community leaders 
participated in the program, some 
reflecting on or praying about Dr. 
King's dream. 

"This program is about reflect- 
ing on the past and looking towards 
the vision of the future," Cloyd 
Benjamin, local attorney, said. "We 
understand the legacy of Dr. King, 
now it is incumbent upon us to 
take his dreams, visions, apply it to 
our lives and move forward." 

The keynote speaker was NSU 
alumnus Rev. Tony Rainey. 

Rev. Rainey spoke about how 
to make dreams realities, even after 
encountering what he called dream 
killers. 

He explained to the audience 
that people in America must come 
together as one to make Dr. King's 
dream a reality. 

"This nation is built on a dream, 
but today we are trying to make the 
dream a reality," Rev. Rainey said. 
"Mothers and fathers give me hope 
that one day dreams could become 
reality." 

Dreams become realities when 
people keep dreams alive in their 
minds, Rev. Rainey said. 

The program included a 
wreath-laying ceremony followed 
by a march to the Martin Luther 
King, Jr. Recreation Center. The 
ceremony took place at the Martin 
Luther King, Jr. Triangle on Texas 
Street and Berry Avenue. 

City officials, members of the 
community, and a member of Al- 
pha Phi Alpha participated in the 
ceremony. Steven Lawrence, Se- 
nior graphic arts major and Alpha 
Phi Alpha member laid the wreath 
on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Landmark. 

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was 
one of our fraternity brothers and it 
has been our esteemed privilege to 
honor our brother here [at wreath 
laying ceremony]," Lawrence said. 

"Without him [Dr. King] we 
would not be where we are today." 



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It amazes me 
)think that there 
6 some people 
this world who 
ould intention- 

ly keep themselves in a bubble, 
eople between the ages of 18 and 
5 who think the events of the world 
) not affect them in any way will 
ive a brutal awakening once they 
I aiture out into the professional 
otld of well-informed adults. 
Those who make an actual 
i fort to remain ignorant about 
orld, national or regional news 
at is not on their Facebook calen- 
{ its are useless participants in our 
idety. 

I'm not claiming to be all- 
nowing when it comes to the 
orld around me. I don't read a 
ewspaper or watch the news every 
ay as Dr. Furr advises. 

I do, however, make an effort 
) browse the headlines on AOL 
[Yahoo News, stay up-to-date on 
lection business, and have a gen- 
ral interest in things that may or 
lay not affect me. Others in my 
Aeration may not be as informa- 
n-conscious. 

It's scary to think that my gen- 
ration will one day be forced to 
K the country. 

When I think of former gener- 
ions, I consider my parents, who 
rew up during the Civil Rights 
vement, Vietnam protests and 
Cold War. My parents' gen- 
tion was a generation of do-ers 
ively taking part in their gov- 
ment whether they were for or 
gainst it. 

Even hippies filled with mari- 



juana knew enough about current 
events of the time to hug trees, pro- 
test against the draft, or do what- 
ever else hippies did that had any 
kind of anti-government reference. 

People my age need to wake 
up. Everything in this world has an 
effect on everything else in little 
ways, and if you are uninformed, 
you're just a sitting duck with no 
opinion. 

In the professional world, cur- 
rent events are good conversation 
starters, icebreakers, or just a way 
to share information. 

If you are ignorant of the world 
around you, the people around you 
will not take you seriously; they will 
think you are an idiot. 

I know we all have our own lit- 
tle worlds consisting of the people 
that we choose to involve in them, 
but the bigger picture is just as im- 
portant as the smaller picture. 

When our generation is next 
in line to control the fate of others, 
we had better be prepared and in- 
formed. Otherwise, the future does 
not look bright. 

I know I'm preaching to the 
choir. If you picked up this newspa- 
per and were interested enough in 
the content to make it to the Opin- 
ions page and read this, then you 
are obviously curious about others 
and not just interested in your own 
little world. I applaud you for this. 

I think the uninformed mem- 
bers of our youth should feel stupid 
for being intentionally ignorant. 
One day they'll be forced to get 
their heads out of unmentionable 
places and realize the potential im- 
pact the world has on them - and 
the impact they have on the world. 

The views expressed in this col- 
umn do not necessarily reflect those 
of the Current Sauce. 




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Opposing 
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Asses and Elephants 



toil Shelton 

momore liberal arts major 
WD Host 



My fellow De- 
nnis, I hope that 
le spring semes- 
ir has started off 
reat for all of you 
id that it contin- 
tsto be amazing. 

For those of you who don't 
low me, my name is Paul Shel- 
iii. 

Why do I want you to know 
k> I am? Simple: I'm running for 
resident of the United States in 
836. 

As regular "A&E" fans already 
now, my co-host and I have de- 
bred our intentions to run on a 



ticket together in 2036. 

This all started last fall in the 
wake of Stephen Colbert's defeat in 
South Carolina, which kept him off 
of the Democratic ballot. 

In an effort to prove that a per- 
son shouldn't need to be a gover- 
nor, senator, or former president's 
wife in order to run for the highest 
office in our nation, Tim and I de- 
cided to run. 

The Constitution has a few age 
requirement rules, but we figured 
that in almost 30 years we'd have 
a large enough support base that 
winning would be a possibility. 

Also, because the majority of 
the candidates in the 2008 election 
have been running their campaigns 
for a few years now, we did not see 
any harm in having our campaign 



span a few decades. 

Tim and I will be talking about 
our campaign and issues each week 
on the show, and The Current 
Sauce has been gracious enough to 
allow us to write up pieces about 
ourselves. 

I will close by telling all of you 
why I have really decided to run. 

In 2036, this country will need 
a firm, fair, open-minded leader 
(and former debater) who cares 
about people's rights and liberties. 

As it so happens, I fit that de- 
scription perfectly, so the choice is 
clear. In 2036, for America's sake, 
vote Shelton/Gattie to the White 
House. 

The views expressed in this col- 
umn do not necessarily reflect those 
of the Current Sauce. 



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Rm Gattie 

mior English major 
WW D Host 

I have no doubt 
hat the road to the 
Chite House in 
036 will be long 
nd exhausting, 
ov.ever, what can be accom- 
lished there is certainly worth the 
ght. 

Candidate after candidate and 
resident after president has said 
hat they want to reach out to the 
ther side and bring the nation to- 



gether. But how many people really 
reach out to the other side unless 
it's convenient? Few. Paul and I are 
a ticket to change all of that. 

A liberal and a conservative 
coming together on a single ticket. 
We intend to bring to the White 
House what we bring every week 
to Asses and Elephants: a forum 
where both sides are willing to lis- 
ten to others. While we may not 
always agree, we at least recognize 
that the other may have valid points 
that need to be considered. 

Paul and I alone will not be able 
to bring an end to partisan politics; 



that will take an overwhelming act 
of the people - and possibly an act 
of God. Still, the 2036 election can 
start changing the tide. 

This is a chance for our great 
republic's government to return to 
a representation of its citizens, not 
to put one group of citizens in con- 
trol for four or eight years and then 
switch to another. 

That's what the Shelton/Gattie 
ticket promises. Goddess bless you 
and Goddess Bless America. 

The views expressed in this col- 
umn do not necessarily reflect those 
of the Current Sauce. 



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Lauren Sciba 

Senior Journalism Major 
Opinions Editor 

As a reader of 
the Current Sauce, 
I wondered why 
more letters to the 
editor never made it to print. "The 
paper doesn't want to print some- 
thing that might make them look 
bad," I thought. As I became more 
involved in student media, I real- 
ized that it wasn't that letters never 
made it to print, it was that there 
were no letters in the first place. 

Last semester, I seem to re- 
member a letter showing up here 
and there, but only from profes- 
sors. It is unfortunate that not one 
student felt the need to respond to 
a single article printed in the Cur- 
rent Sauce. 

This is disheartening to me be- 
cause I would hope more students 
would use the student newspaper 
as a vehicle for being heard. Media 
is nothing without an audience, and 
as the new editor of the Opinions 
section, I would like to see more 
audience participation. 

A former Opinions editor 
could guarantee that people would 
be reading his page. The address- 
ing of controversial topics with 
little delicacy and tact had people 
picking up the paper each week just 
to see what the editor and his troop 
of writers had to say next. Some 
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reading and responding. 

Perhaps there are a few intimi- 
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being guest columnists. To clarify, 
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My hope for this semester is . 
simple: I want more responses 
from readers. If it takes a fanatical 
article by a loose cannon writer to 
get readers hot enough under the 
collar to write in, 1 will resort to 
that. This page is your megaphone; 
I hope you take advantage of it in 
2008. 

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Sports Editt 
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January 23, 200 




Miller Daniel 

Sports Editor 



Don't tread 

on me or my sports... 

The United States Congress has 
launched extensive investigations 
into steroids in Major League Base- 
ball as a result of George Mitchell's 
"Report to the Commissioner of 
Baseball of an Independent Inves- 
tigation into the Illegal Use of Ste- 
roids and Other Performance En- 
hancing Substances by Players in 
Major League Baseball" 

In the final week of the regular 
season, the NFL Network caved to 
pressure - not from fans or own- 
ers, but politicians - to simulcast 
the final game of the New England 
Patriots' pursuit of regular season 
perfection against the New York 
Giants on CBS and NBC. 

What's next? Is Congress going 
to hold hearings on how to improve 
the BCS? 

Maybe they'll tell David Stern 
that he needs to clean up his league 
of dirty officiating and improve its 
"image problem" 

Maybe they'll say Mixed Mar- 
tial Arts is too violent, like a failed 
resolution to ban the sport in my 
hometown set out to do. 

And so, I start part one of a 
three part series on politics and 
sports. 

We were all baseball fans that 
summer. 

Remember the chase between 
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa 
in the summer of '98 for the sin- 
gle-season home run record? And 
when McGwire hit number 62 in 
Busch Stadium in a showdown 
between McGwire's Cardinals and 
Sosa's Cubs? 

That night lost a lot of magic 
when Mark McGwire choked back 
tears in front of a congressional 
committee, proclaiming that he 
didn't want to talk about the past 
- that meant past steroid use. 

I'll never forget seeing such a 
Goliath of sports suddenly become 
so mortal. 

Senator Mitchell is doing noth- 
ing new. 

Joe McCarthy did it in the 
1940s and '50s, accusing everyone 
from writers to Hollywood actors. 

Both used poor investigative 
skills. 

Lawyers call it hearsay. Some- 
body heard about Roger Clemens' 
steroid use, then told Mitchell. 
Mitchell took it as fact, then put it 
in his report. 

Senator Mitchell claims ste- 
roids fueled the most dominant 
pitcher in Major League history. 
He made his career not from the 
strength of his arm, but a rare blend 
of talent and attitude. 

Roger Clemens is a Hall of 
Famer because he never let a player 
beat him. You hit one out of the 
park on him and you'd better ex- 
pect to take one on the chin next 
time you step up to the plate. 

Clemens was good before his 
alleged steroid use, roughly be- 
tween 1998 and 2001, and he has 
been as good since. With Barry 
Bonds, who faces similar accusa- 
tions, we saw a significant change 
in physical appearance from his 
early years. Clemens has always 
been big. 

He'll always be the most domi- 
nant pitcher of our time, maybe of 
all time. Even if he did use steroids, 
three years of a long, dominant ca- 
reer should not cheapen his accom- 
plishments. 

The views expressed in this col- 
umn do not necessarily reflect those 
of The Current Sauce. 



UTSA outlasts Lady Demons- 



Alex Michael 

Sauce Reporter 

The Lady Demons' Southland 
Conference struggles continued 
Saturday with a six point home 
loss to the Texas-San Antonio Lady 
Roadrunners. 

The Lady Demons (7-10, 0-4) 
dropped their first four conference 
games; the last two at home. After 
being blown out in their first two 
conference road games, the Lady 
Demons managed to make their 
last two games more respectable, 
but have yet to grace the win col- 
umn in conference. 

After being bounced at home 
by eight at the hands of Texas 
A&M-Corpus Christi, the Lady 
Demons did not fare better against 
their second Texas opponent in two 
days, Texas-San Antonio. 

The Lady Roadrunners pound- 
ed the Lady Demons on the glass, 
winning the rebounding margin 
49-30. 

The Lady Demons cut the 
lead to 39-38 shortly after halftime 
thanks in large part to Tena Mat- 
thews 19 points and 13 rebounds, 
her fourth consecutive double- 
double, and Jessica McPhail's sea- 
son high 17 points. 

The Lady Demons could not 
stay close thanks in large part to the 
Lady Roadrunners tenacity on the 
offensive board. The Lady Demons 
surrendered 21 offensive rebounds, 
which led to 17 second chance 
points. 

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Monday, offering its visitors differ- 
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purchasing. 

The domain name and color 
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is about it. The new Web site offers 
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visitors have more control over 
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Visitors to nsudemons.com 
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SGA challenges new library hours 

Library faculty happier with shorter day, ask students to prove need 



Jim Mustian 

News Editor 

The Student Government As- 
sociation on Monday announced 
its intention to re-launch a petition 
of the student body to extend Wat- 
son Library's abbreviated hours of 
operation. Library faculty defended 
the new hours, providing statistics 
they think challenge students' need 
for library services late at night and 
saying a change remains unlikely 
- even if thousands of students sign 
a petition. 

As word spread Monday that 
the SGA might discuss a bill regard- 
ing the petition at its weekly meet- 
ing, the library released a study 
conducted during the 2005-2006 
academic year that documented li- 
brary usage. 

The study tracked circulation 
desk transactions during the eve- 
ning hours and logged reference 
inquiries on an hourly basis. 

According to the data, 15 per- 
cent of circulations occurred be- 



tween 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. - the 
hour that has since been eliminated 
- while 46 percent fell between 8 
p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Over the course of the aca- 
demic year, the library reported a 
total of 8,901 reference questions 
or instances when a librarian was 
needed - just 88, or about .9 per- 
cent, were recorded between 10 
p.m. and 11 p.m. 

The statistics made no refer- 
ence to the amount of students 
studying in the library or using the 
computer lab during the later eve- 
ning hours. 

The numbers were sent Mon- 
day to Chris Maggio, the Dean of 
Students, who was advised to pres- 
ent them to the SGA as it discussed 
the details of the petition. Library 
officials said the numbers justified 
the decision to close the library an 
hour earlier. 

Maggio said he had discussed 
the situation with Abbie Landry, 
the Head of the Reference Division 
in the library, who prepared the sta- 



tistics for her proposal to cut hours 
in July 2006. 

"They told me to give these sta- 
tistics to you all while you're craft- 
ing your bill so [you can decide 
whether] this is something you 
want," he said, addressing the stu- 
dent senators. 

"She said very emphatically 
that they would drop it in a second 
if [students] could show a demand 
for those four hours," he said, refer- 
ring to the weekly difference in the 
new schedule. 

In the report, Landry also cited 
a lack of student workers willing to 
work at night and questioned the 
general safety of library employees. 

"The reference staff has been 
concerned with the security of the 
building and parking lots for some 
time," the report said. 

Maggio stressed that Landry's 
take on the matter did not neces- 
sarily reflect the university's posi- 
tion. 

Landry said comparisons to 
other university libraries in the 



state are inappropriate because 
their reference desks and other ser- 
vices shut down earlier and student 
workers largely operate the librar- 
ies later in the night. 

Landry's report, however, did 
not dissuade the SGA from con- 
tinuing its course of action. 

"I feel - as the voice of the 
students, from what I heard from 
the students - if just one student 
needs something, we should have 
resources," said Natalie Webb, the 
SGA's commissioner of academic 
affairs. 

She explained at Monday's 
meeting that the petitioning - 
which actually began towards the 
end of last semester - could simply 
resume without additional legisla- 
tion. She said she had just recov- 
ered more than 250 signatures that 
the SGA collected last year and 
would not need to reintroduce the 
proposal next week. 

Webb previously said she had 
discarded them after mistakenly 
determining they would be useless 



to the cause because of the circum- 
stances under which they were col- 
lected. 

After the meeting, Webb said 
the SGA intends to provide a sta- 
tionary copy of the petition in its 
office this time so that all students 
can easily participate. 

What's more, the SGA plans 
to accept online submissions via e- 
mail. 

Watson Library abbreviated 
its hours at the beginning of last 
semester, attributing its decision at 
the time to unfavorable conditions 
for employees working late. 

The library now closes at 10 
p.m. during the week and 5 p.m. on 
weekends. 

Last semester, Director of Li- 
braries Fleming Thomas blamed 
the new campus gates - which also 
close at 10 p.m. - for "unsavory 
characters" loitering in and around 
the library after hours. 

On its MySpace home page 
- which has since been deleted - 



cont. on p. 2 




Evening Circulations in Watson Library 
September 2005-May 2006 



10-11 p.m. 
15% 



9-10 p. 
39% 





8-9 p.m. 
46% 



Photo illustration by Jennifer Kaup/Current Sauce 

The library shortened its hours of operation last semester by 
one hour. It now closes at 10 p.m. 



Watson Library released statistics Monday that faculty members said justify the decision to close 
an hour earlier. The data indicate lower library usage during the later evening hours. 



Renowned media trainer to coach students 



Jim Mustian 

News Editor 

The man who showed Bill 
Clinton, John Edwards and Barack 
Obama the ropes in giving speech- 
es and communicating persuasively 
is coming to NSU Thursday. 

Michael Sheehan, hailed by 
many as the nation's leading speech 
coach, is scheduled to coach jour- 
nalism students on everything from 
leadership to posture and voice 
modulation in the Ora G. Williams 
Studio in Kyser Hall beginning at 5 
p.m. 

"This guy is a guy we don't get 
on campus once a decade," said 
Dean of Students Chris Maggio. 



"This is something we can really 
hang our hat on." 

Sheehan accepted the invi- 
tation to travel to Natchitoches 
because of his friend, Raymond 
Strother, the 2007-2008 Erbon W. 
and Marie Wise Endowed Chair at 
NSU. 

Strother, who is widely consid- 
ered a pioneer of political consult- 
ing, hired Sheehan in 1984 to coach 
former Sen. Gary Hart in his run 
for the presidency. 

Hart was Sheehan's first client. 

Sheehan, a graduate of George- 
town University and the Yale 
School of Drama, has since trained 
more presidents, vice presidents 
and members of Congress than 



anyone in the country, according to 
his firm's Web site. 

He has become so coveted 
among politicians and media orga- 
nizations that few people can pay 
for his services. 

"Michael Sheehan has made a 
difference in so many people's lives 
that he's a monument in the busi- 
ness of persuasion," Strother said. 

"The problem is, Michael's got- 
ten so exclusive and so expensive 
that normal politicians can't afford 
him any longer." 

NSU students won't have to 
pay a dime. 

While the lecture series takes 
place during Strother's persuasive 
communication course intended 



for journalism students, everyone 
is welcome to attend. 

Non-students are charged $15 
per lecture or $99 for the entire 
Winning Communication Lecture 
Series - which should feature at 
least seven more guest speakers. 

Sheehan's expertise has been 
demanded internationally as well. 

His travels have taken him 
to Hong Kong, Mexico City, Sin- 
gapore, Frankfurt and London, 
among other places. 

He has edited every text and 
rehearsed with each speaker of the 
Democratic National Committee 
since 1988. He has also coached 
former Vice-President Al Gore for 
debates. 




Photo courtesy of Google 

Media guru Michael Sheehan 



Campus police remind students to turn down the volume 



Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

NSU Police are cracking down 
this semester on the noise coming 
from car stereos. 

Responding to recent feed- 
back, NSU Police have stressed the 
importance of observing the noise 
policy. 

"We're getting loads of com- 
plaints from faculty, staff and stu- 



dents about the noise," said De- 
tective Doug Prescott of the NSU 
Police Department. 

Though the noise policy is now 
being brought to the forefront, it 
isn't anything new. 

"This is not a new rule; it is 
a city ordinance that was passed 
in 1995. It states that any noise 
coming from a vehicle that can be 
heard at a distance of 50 feet is in 
violation," said NSU Chief of Police 



Rickie Williams. 

The 50-foot rule doesn't only 
apply to the distance between the 
music and buildings. 

"If a police officer sitting on 
a porch 50 feet away can hear the 
music, then that is still a violation," 
Prescott said. 

People have been violating the 
noise policy since the beginning of 
the semester. 

"Just right off the top of my 



head, I can think of five or six [vio- 
lators]," Prescott said. 

"Some were given NSU tickets, 
some were given city tickets," he 
said. 

Police usually write NSU tick- 
ets to students for about $25, but 
the fee could be raised to $50 at 
some point, Prescott said. 

City tickets are usually given to 
repeat violators and people who are 
not NSU students. 



City tickets can cost as much 
as $400 for a first offense, Prescott 
said. 

According to a city ordinance, 
first-time offenders can face a fine 
of as much as $514.50. 

The noise ordinance can also 
apply to people making noise on 
campus; if noise is coming from 
a crowd, most officers will write a 
disturbing the peace ticket, Prescott 
said. 





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Petition: Librarians against readjusting 
hours, NSU officials to consider both sides 



cont. from p. 1 

the library released this announce- 
ment: "The University administra- 
tion has asked that the library not 
remain open later than 10 p.m. 
when the campus gates close," as 
The Current Sauce reported in Sep- 
tember of last year. 

But Thomas later said the new 
hours had been his idea and that his 
faculty had initiated the change. 

In a telephone interview Friday, 
Thomas dismissed the prospect of 
readjusting the hours - even if the 
SGA produces thousands of signa- 
tures. 

"I wouldn't like to do it because 
1 think our faculty is just much 
more happier with these hours," he 
said. 

He said some of his employ- 
ees commute an hour to work and 
that "staying [in the library] till 11 
o'clock makes for a pretty ragged 
day." 

"It's much better if you can 
get off at 10 o'clock and get home 
and get in bed and get a reasonable 
night's sleep for a full day's work," 
he said. 

The library computer lab, 
which now closes at 9:30 p.m., has 
also emerged as a point of conten- 
tion for Thomas. He maintains that 
students are not using the library 
for academic purposes, but amus- 
ing themselves in the lab, some- 
thing they could do elsewhere. 

"I don't know what they do in 



there," he said. "It looks to me like 
it's a recreational area." 

Thomas said he had received 
no criticism or complaints regard- 
ing the new hours. 

"Everyone seems to be quite 
pleased with it. From what I can 
tell, nobody seems to be suffer- 
ing because we have other labs on 
campus," he said. "You can always 
go over there, [ours] just happens 
to be in a rather bad location." 

He did not specify the labs to 
which he was referring. Landry's 
report ends with a similar reference 
to "computer labs open later than 
11 p.m." 

" We j ust have people who come 
over here and - if they don't steal 
something - they tear things up. I 
think this place is much better off if 
it closes at an hour earlier," Thomas 
said, alluding to an incident last 
week in which a glass door was ap- 
parently damaged from inside the 
building. 

With the library already in its 
second semester of closing early, 
SGA President Shayne Creppel ac- 
knowledged that the student gov- 
ernment's response has taken "a lot 
longer" than he would like. 

SGA members involved in the 
first petition described the student 
response as overwhelmingly posi- 
tive. 

"I didn't meet a student who 
was like Tm personally against it,'" 
Webb said. 



"I think maybe four or five 
people wouldn't sign it because, 
maybe, they knew somebody who 
works at the library." 

Webb said the re-extension of 
the library hours would be one of 
the SGA's main goals this semester. 

"We wanted to have it done 
for finals last semester, but it didn't 
work out." 

The SGA has not set a specific 
timetable for the petition, but offi- 
cers have expressed a desire to sub- 
mit a proposal to NSU administra- 
tion by midterms. 

Creppel said he began hearing 
"grumblings" early last semester 
regarding the new hours. While 
no students had showed up to any 
SGA meeting to voice an opinion 
or propose action, he said the SGA 
immediately began to consider a 
petition in October after a letter 
to the editor by Aaron Pizani ap- 
peared in The Current Sauce. 

Pizani, a senior general stud- 
ies major, sharply criticized the 
library for closing early in his let- 
ter and cited an instance when he 
witnessed a library employee turn 
the lights off on students attending 
a tutoring session on the second 
floor. 

President Randall J. Webb said 
Monday that he would wait for 
both sides to present their argu- 
ments and declined to comment 
further until he received more in- 
formation. 



Police Blotter 



1/23 

10 a.m.- Loud music 
ticket issued. 

6:23 p.m.- Window 
on front door of 
Watson Library 
broken. 

1/24 

5:14 p.m.- Student 
on bike hit by SUV. 

1/25 

4:28 a.m.- Dr. 
Webb's newspaper 
picked up because 
he was out of town. 



1/28 

9:59 a.m.- Cars 
reported parked in 
handicap spots at 
Bienvenu Hall. 

10:03 a.m.- Cars 
in handicap spots 
at Bienvenu Hall 
identified as 
handicap. 

6:01 p.m.- Student 
called to report 
someone screaming 
and beating on 
windows in married 
housing. 

6:15 p.m.- Resident 



at married housing 
reported to be 
locked out, beating 
on windows to get 
girlfriend's attention. 

1/29 

5:47 p.m.- Student 
reported piece 
of lumber from 
University Place 
II construction site 
flew into his car. 

8:04 p.m.- R.A. 
of Boozman Hall 
reported smell of 
marijuana in the 
dorm. 



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Keeping the faith in the western world 



Natasha Anderson 

Sauce Reporter 

For senior Muhammad-Habib 
Jamil, his holy prayer mat or "saj- 
jada" is as essential as a T-183 
Graphing Calculator. Jamil, who 
was born into the Islamic faith and 
has been practicing for the last 21 
years, strives to find balance be- 
tween the daily tasks of being a full 
time college student and observing 
his faith. 

"As a Muslim, I feel the need to 
put myself out in the world, I need 
to be a proper representation so 
they can see the contradiction from 
what they see on the news," Jamil 
said. 

The only son of four chil- 
dren, Jamil was born and raised in 
Natchitoches. 

After graduating from the 
Louisiana School for Math, Science 
and the Arts with 52 college credit 
hours under his belt, he decided 
to attend NSU and pursue a major 
in chemistry with a minor in both 
business administration and math- 
ematics. 

He received a full paid scholar- 
ship and was immediately accepted 
into the Journal of Visualized Ex- 
periments (JoVE), a joint venture 
with NASA. 

"Through his work with the 
Student Technology Advisory 
Team, he helps oversee the remod- 
eling of labs, purchasing new tele- 
vision sets and installing and main- 
taining the kiosks on campus. His 
faith has never been a conflicting 
issue; it's always been about what is 
best for others," said Mark Daniels, 
External Affairs Commissioner for 



the Student Government Associa- 
tion. 

Jamil has been a member of the 
Medical Club and the American 
Chemistry Society, and he served 
as treasurer for the Student Gov- 
ernment Association. 

SGA President and close friend 
Shayne Creppel - who jokingly re- 
sponds with the phrase "Allah bless 
you" in a fake Middle-Eastern ac- 
cent when Jamil sneezes - has 
known him since his first year of 
high school. 

"I have watched him grow tre- 
mendously academically and in his 
faith, which is still a big part of him, 
but as a person it's not his defining 
quality," Creppel said. 

Jamil said that there was dif- 
ficulty balancing the busy work 
of being in all these organizations 
with practicing the traditions of his 
faith, which requires him to pray 
five times a day. 

With prayers lasting anywhere 
from 15 to 20 minutes, he carries 
his prayer mat and prays in the 
privacy of his office in the SGA de- 
partment. On other occasions, he 
goes to the Islamic Center in town 
to pray. 

"A lot of malls and parks pro- 
vide open areas for us to pray," 
Jamil said while recalling a public 
worship area he used at Detroit 
"Metropotttan Airport: "It's rtiee-te 
see that people recognize that we 
have certain requirements of the 
religion and provide public facili- 
ties for us to pray." 

Besides providing facilities, 
Jamil finds that the best places to 
find good Jiterature on the Mus- 
lim religion are in bigger cities 



like Houston, New York City, Chi- 
cago and Detroit. Natchitoches is 
far from being New York City, so 
where does one find such material 
in this small town? 

"There are some books avail- 
able in the mosque, and we are 
currently trying to donate books 
in Watson Library and the public 
library," he replied. He also advises 
that when all else fails, searching 
the Internet is a quick and easy way 
to access this information. 

Jamil admits that the small 
Muslim community is a bit of a 
disadvantage, but he feels a sense 
of pride whenever he attends a lec- 
ture or event at the Islamic Center 
of Natchitoches. 

He finds the Muslim commu- 
nity in Richardson, Texas to be sup- 
portive, and has spent the last few 
summers there growing more in his 
faith. 

Ironically, Richardson gave 
him his first taste of racism. A 
driver passing by screamed out ob- 
scenities and racial remarks as he 
walked to a local mosque. 

"I didn't allow that to upset me," 
Jamil replied. "My religion teaches 
me to respect everyone in spite of 
how they treat you." 

This calm, demure reaction 
contrasts with the way the media 
has portrayed people of the Islamic 
faith. _ 

"Media coverage of Islam is no 
different than other topics in the 
sense that they don't portray the 
average person who leads produc- 
tive lives," Jamil said. "It's no secret 
that most media companies lean 
one way or another." 

Jamil said this results in a mixed 



sense of ignorance from some "ex- 
perts." He is quick to dispel many 
of the common misconceptions 
about people of the Muslim faith. 
One common misconception is 
that Islam oppresses women and 
supports spouse abuse. 

"The problem with this mis- 
conception lies within a culture 
that supports these ideals even 
though Islam says otherwise." He 
argues that the Islamic faith recog- 
nizes the freedom of women, and 
they have a choice in such practices 
like forced marriages. 

The concept of Jihad is another 
common misconception of the Is- 
lamic religion, Jamil said. Jihad's 
actual definition means a struggle 
- an effort, not a war. 

"Jews faced a Jihad when Hit- 
ler was in power, slaves in the south 
faced a Jihad before the civil war," 
Jamil said. 

Jihad is one's ability to practice 
a religion even when faced with 
persecution. While military effort 
is an option, Jamil said it should 
serve as a last resort and it should 
not be used as a way to spread the 
teachings of Islam by the sword. 

"You have to allow people to 
choose for themselves; this religion 
can't be forced upon them," Jamil 
said. 

All three of his sisters wear 
the "hijab" or Islamic dress. This 
contradiction presents another 
misconception that the clothing 
is another form of oppression by 
forcing women to cover up. On the 
contrary, he believes that the cloth- 
ing of the Islamic religion serves to 
instill the modesty of the faith. 

"Men always have this lust and 



desire for women, and the O ur an 
informs women to cover the es- 
sentials as a means of lowering this 
desire between men and women," 
Jamil said. 

The clothing varies with each 
region, from women wearing 
dresses that cover even their shoes 
in Pakistan to scarves that cover 
the whole face in Iran. 

Jamil adds that the clothing 
serves two purposes: to stop men 
and women from acting upon their 
desires and to serve as an affirma- 
tion of the his faith. 

Islam accepts others regardless 
of their religious faith and beliefs, 
Jamil said. 

Unlike other religions in which 
people are born into the practice, 
the Muslim faith accepts converts 
from all lifestyles. Even someone 
that is incarcerated and wants to 
follow the path of the Islamic reli- 
gion is welcomed to the faith. 

"The common misconception 
is that you are either a devout fol- 
lower or you've been 'modernized,' 
but eventually Muslims find out 
that this is more than a religion, 
that it is possible to practice to the 
fullest availability and still maintain 
balance." 

Jamil can hold a conversa- 
tion on any topic, from his JoVE 
research project on the Sequence 
Context That Induces p53 Cancer 
Mutations to his love for the NFL, 
particularly the Dallas Cowboys. 

He has allowed his religion to 
be a part of who he is and not nec- 
essarily all that he is. Most impor- 
tantly, Jamil knows where he stands 
in his faith and refuses to compro- 
mise that for anyone. 




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Cameron Tillman prepares to lift freshman radiological technol- 
ogy major Catie Reeves during cheerleading practice. 



Octavia Bolds/ 
Leigh Gentry 

Sauce Reporter/Life Editor 

NSU cheerleaders welcomed 
two new members after open audi- 
tions for men on Friday, Jan. 8. 

The two new male cheerlead- 
ers selected were junior journalism 
major Cameron Tillman and fresh- 
man nursing major Eric Burkhal- 
ter. 

The cheerleaders serve as the 
official spirit group of NSU, ac- 
cording to the Office of University 
Recruiting Web site. 

Cheerleaders who are selected 
for the squad receive cheerleading 
field uniforms and $500 scholar- 
ships for each semester of perfor- 
mance. 

The cheerleaders provide spirit 
at all home football and basketball 
games and at selected away games, 
according to the Office of Univer- 
sity Recruiting Web site. 

Steven Wood, recruiter and 
cheerleader coach, said he looks 
for athletic ability when deciding 
if a male is suitable for the team. A 
positive attitude and a willingness 
to work with others are other valu- 
able qualities Wood said he looked 
for when he was choosing new 



cheerleaders. 

"I like to have the same amount 
of males and females, because it is 
better and a lot easier," said Wood. 

Burkhalter tried out because 
he "thought it would be a fun way 
to meet people." 

Burkhalter said he originally 
wanted to cheer at LA Tech, but he 
decided to come to NSU instead. 
He had no previous experience in 
stunting, but when he received an 
e-mail about the open auditions he 
decided to go for it. 

"I knew that NSU needed male 
cheerleaders and with my prior ex- 
perience in cheerleading it seemed 
like a really good idea to try out," 
Tillman said. 

The scholarship appealed to 
Tillman, and he said cheerleading 
would be an excellent way for him 
to remain physically fit. The new 
additions to the squad cheered at 
the basketball game last Thursday. 

"It was fun, kind of different 
to be the cheerleader and not the 
player, because I'm so used to be 
the person playing the game," said 
Burkhalter. "Football will be weird 
next fall." 

Tillman, Burkhalter and oth- 
ers who are interested will try out 
again at the end of this semester. 



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NSU alumnus 
experiences 
writers' strike 



Kelli Fontenot 

Staff Reporter /Cqpy Editor 

The Writers Guild of America 
strike is why American Gladia- 
tors is back on the air, not to men- 
tion the reason "The Daily Show 
with Jon Stewart" is now called 
"A Daily Show with Jon Stewart." 
While most of us have been en- 
during the strike from our living 
rooms, one NSU alumnus is ex- 
periencing the action firsthand. 

Former theatre major Mark 
Gomez is currently working in 
Los Angeles for the Screen Actors 
Guild awards in the midst of the 
writer's strike. The ceremony was 
aired Sunday. 

Gomez is the assistant creden- 
tial coordinator for Eventcreden- 
tials, LLC. The company handles 
registration for various events by 
organizing credentials - typically 
in the form of identification badges 
containing anti-counterfeit RFID 
chips - and keeping track of the at- 
tendees, according to the Eventcre- 
dentials Web site. 

The company is responsible for 
the credentials of "Deal or No Deal" 
and "1 vs. 100," shows that have 
been able to continue because they 
don't have writers, Gomez said. 

Writers protest on a regular 
basis outside Culver studios. 

"They picket out there because 
that's 'where Las Vegas is filmed," 
Gomez said. "I've had to drive 
through the picket lines to work on 
occasion." 

The strike has been in progress 
since Nov. 5. 

The Writers Guild challenged 
their studios, because they were 
not receiving payment for episodes 
of television shows that have been 
made available on various Internet 
Web sites, according to the Associ- 
ated Press. 

"I think a lot of people just 
think it's just for more money, when 
it's not for more money, it's for a 
percentage - they get money for 
every time a DVD is sold or when 
it airs on TV, but even that took a 
long time," Gomez explained. 

The writers of several episodes 
of "I Love Lucy," for example, had 
to fight for years before they were 
granted a percentage of the video 
sales, and even then, it was a minis- 
cule portion of the profits, Gomez 
said. 

"I think that they definitely de- 
serve what they're asking for," Go- 
mez said. 

Most major channels have re- 



sponded to the strike by playing re- 
runs, and this year's Golden Globes 
show was reduced to a press confer- 
ence. The cancellation cost the city 
millions of dollars, Gomez said. 

The 14th annual SAG Awards 
will be one of the only award shows 
televised during the strike, accord- 
ing to the Associated Press. 

Gomez, from Baton Rouge, has 
been on the front lines, working at 
the Black Entertainment Television 
Awards and The Golden Globes. 

"I'm extremely proud of him 
- and a little bit jealous at the same 
time. He's really out there, living 
the life that we tell our students 
about," said assistant professor of 
theatre Perry Morgan. 

After a few years of study at 
NSU, Gomez went to California 
and became a production assistant 
for the SAG Awards. 

He wanted to finish his degree, 
so he returned to Natchitoches and 
graduated in December 2006. Go- 
mez's last performance with NSU 
theatre was the comedy "Arsenic 
and Old Lace," directed by Pia Wy- 
att. 

Gomez plans to get new head- 
shots and start acting again soon, 
but for the time being, his work 
involves verifying the authentic- 
ity of credentials at the front desk 
and coming up with solutions for 
people's problems. 

"I think it's an amazing op- 
portunity for him to see the other 
side of the business - the real busi- 
ness side of how the television and 
motion picture industry works," 
Morgan said. "I think he's a fabu- 
lous representative of the type of 
student the NSU theatre and dance 
department puts out." 

Even after graduation, Gomez 
said he has kept in touch with the 
friends he made at NSU. 

Gomez said he has been able to 
keep jobs - and get new jobs - be- 
cause of what his professors at NSU 
taught him about punctuality and 
work ethic. 

"We're always told, 'If you're 
not fifteen minutes early, you're 
late. If you're on time, you're late,'" 
Gomez said. 

Gomez has provided a model 
for NSU students to follow, Mor- 
gan said. 

"He's an excellent example 
of someone who has taken every- 
thing that he has learned here and 
applied in the business. I am ex- 
tremely proud - the entire faculty, 
we all are extremely proud of him," 
Morgan said. 



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The Journalism Department 
hosted a student and faculty bowl- 
ing tournament to strike up new 
acquaintances among the depart- 
ment and knock down any new- 
semester blues that could keep stu- 
dents' spirits in the gutter. 

Assistant professor of journal- 
ism Karen Lee planned the event 
after the positive feedback she re- 
ceived from last semester's J-Day, a 
program for high school students 
who are interested in journalism. 
Approximately 45 NSU journalism 
students assisted with the J-Day 
program. 

"A lot of students came up to 
me and told me how they enjoyed 
working together as a department. . . 
They got to meet people they see 
around but don't know, since the 
department is broken into [broad- 
cast, public relations and news edi- 
torial] concentrations," Lee said. 

Bud Harlan, sophomore jour- 
nalism major, said he was not ex- 
pecting as much of a turnout, but 
was happy to be involved in anoth- 
er journalism event. 

"Really, since J-Day, the stu- 
dents from the different concentra- 
tions hadn't been together," Harlan 
said. "It was nice to spend time with 
the people from the journalism de- 
partment." 

Lee looked for an activity that 
the department could bond over 
in which all players may be at the 
same level of mediocrity. 

"Bowling ended up being a 
simple event that students could 



do together and get to know each 
other," Lee said. 

About 65 department mem- 
bers bowled at the Country Lanes 
bowling alley last Wednesday night, 
surpassing Lee's expectations. Thir- 
teen lanes were occupied by teams 
ranging from four to six players. 
There was one faculty team, along 
with teams representing the mul- 
tiple student media, journalism 
concentrations and classifications. 

William Broussard, executive 
director of Athletic Association and 
an adjunct journalism instructor, 
said he was "really impressed by the 
number of people who showed up." 
He said the event was laid-back and 
gave students and faculty a chance 
to enjoy each other's company out- 
side of the classroom. 

"I met a lot of students... We 
had five people on our team, so in 
between the bowls, I'd introduce 
myself to different lanes," Brous- 
sard said. 

Paula Furr, head of the Jour- 
nalism Department, said in an e- 
mail that the bowling tournament's 
main advantage was to form social 
connections. 

"While the tournament pro- 
vided low-cost entertainment, the 
main benefit was a chance to so- 
cialize and see each other outside 
of our normal classroom/Kyser 
Hall environment," Furr said. "Jour- 
nalists by nature need to be curious 
and up for a good adventure. We 
did not let gutter balls dampen our 
spirits or sense of fun! I was proud 
to be part of such an enthusiastic 
group who genuinely seem to enjoy 
each other." 




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Sophomore journalism major Cody Bourque bowls for one of I O 
the KNWD teams at bowling night. 



Marie Hall, the journalism 
department secretary, earned the 
highest score of the tournament. 
Tony Pinrut, senior graphic art 
major and photo editor of the Pot- 
pourri yearbook, won the overall 
highest student score. 

Based on the success of the 
event, Lee has received numerous 
requests for another fun-filled ac- 
tivity for the department to take 
part in next month. Suggestions in- 
clude dodgeball, softball, laser tag 
and roller-skating. 



Lee said she hopes other Paul SI 
partments start planning groufi$opli<»ii 
tivities for students and faculty! 
take part in together, since it bri^ Wh 
the department much closer ; 
forms a sense of camaraderie, 
plans to organize a campus-n 
faculty and staff bowling toun 
ment later this semester. 

"The best part of the night* 
seeing lane after lane of journal! 
people all there and having funai 
mingling," Lee said. "It's sometl 
I'll never forget. 



Students juggle life, fear of deploymen 

'Military brats' share their experiences with extended absences during times ofwa 



sible to 
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Leigh Gentry 

Associate Editor/Life Editor 

The stress of being a student 
while coping with a family mem- 
ber's absence is not uncommon 
- especially when that family mem- 
ber is in the military. 

Senior journalism major Nata- 
sha Anderson said she has gained 
respect for the soldiers and their 
families, because she knows first- 
hand how difficult it is to live a 
military life. 

Anderson's stepfather was de- 
ployed to Iraq from 2003-2004, but 
he was able to make a trip home 
to surprise Anderson at her high 
school graduation. It was hard 
dealing with school and her young- 
er brother while her stepfather's life 



could be on the line. 

"It was ridiculous, the mental 
stress that my mom went through," 
Anderson said. "It was a lot of hard 
work, but I helped her out a lot." 

The hard work shows in Ander- 
son's attitude toward those serving 
in the military. 

Anderson's mother and stepfa- 
ther actually met in the Army. 

"Being an Army brat, it was 
pretty interesting, because you 
got to live in different places," said 
Anderson. "I'm honestly the only 
one out of my friends who can say I 
lived in Hawaii for four years." 

One positive aspect of growing 
up an "Army brat" was being able 
to meet different people from all 
walks of life, but Anderson said she 
did not enjoy the constant moving. 



It made it harder to maintain stabil- 
ity, hold on to friends and see fam- 
ily members during holidays. 

NSU alumna Natasha Bennett 
was "born and raised a military 
brat," she said. Both her parents 
were in the Marine Corps for years. 
Her mother left the military when 
she was pregnant with Bennett, 
their first child, but Bennett's father 
retired later after about 25 years of 
service. 

Being a "military brat" had its 
pros and cons for Bennett, like de- 
ployment and the fear that her fa- 
ther would be in danger. Her father 
spent two years in Bosnia when she 
was seven years old. 

"You always have to face that 
fear," Bennett said. "War is real." 

The fear is hard to face, she 



said, but she respects her parents 
for their service. 

It was hard for her to grow 
up away from her cousins and see 
them become so close to one an- 
other and have a solid foundation; 
she was constantly moving with her 
parents and younger siblings. 

She found it surprising when 
she moved to Leesville for high 
school and met people who had 
lived in the same town their whole 
lives. 

However, Bennett got to expe- 
rience other cultures in Korea, Ger- 
many, Hong Kong and Paris thanks 
to the military, and she would not 
change anything about it. 

"I'm still not through seeing 
the world," Bennett said. 

Her future plans are direct re- 



sults of her parents' being in the 
Marine Corps. She wants to go into 
the military after graduate school 
and apply her biology degree in a 
military hospital. 

Her younger brother also 
joined the military and recently 
was deployed to Afghanistan, 
which she said is hard with the 
thought of "death always looming 
overhead." She knew what was in 
store when he joined, but she said 
you do not really know that feel- 
ing until someone from your family 
gets deployed. 

Scholars' College junior Danie 
Smith is another NSU student 
whom deployment has affected 
while in school. Smith's husband of 
two months has been in the Army 
for four years and is on his second 



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hy we care about 
leople we don't know 




ah Cramer 

whomore Journalism Major 
t Columnist 



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What has Brit- 
Spears done for 
this week? How 
ut Paris Hilton? 
either one of 
lem call to find out how your test 
t on Wednesday? Or to ask if 
are getting along better with 
I boyfriend? 
course not! 

While such celebrities are 
ivious to the events in our lives, 
iy of us eagerly follow the drama 
leirs, whether we get caught up 
lading magazines or surfing the 

So why do we care so much 
ut people who don't even know 
k exist? 

I try not to get caught up in ce- 
I brity gossip, but every once in a 
kile, I hear a juicy story from one 
[my friends or I read the headline 
(some celebrity scandal, and I find 
ifself wanting more. 

I got pretty involved in Brit- 
\ ey's battle for custody of her chil- 
ten with her ex-husband K-Fed. I 
is rooting for K-Fed (he seemed 
be the saner of the two) and after 
itney's several trips to rehab, my 
pinion has not wavered. 
Just the other day, I noticed the 
r er story of a magazine in the 
eck-out line at Wal-Mart say- 
|lg that Britney Spears goes out in 
blic completely naked, yet she 
ill denies having a mental illness, 
nother mentioned that she ig- 
;s her children as they cry. 
As 1 was reading this, I was be- 
Ining to wonder if these claims 
l true. Despite her recent deci- 
pns, I think - or I at least hope 
that there is that innocent South- 
in girl left in her. Perhaps it is just 
le media making her seem so ir- 
pponsible. 
As for Paris, I do not know 
t to think of her anymore. One 
ute she is exposing herself to 
paparazzi; the next she is shar- 
her faith from prison. 



I am still trying to figure out 
why she's so famous. 

True, she has a wealthy father, 
but her three siblings seem to stay 
under the radar. Her singing career 
hasn't seemed to take her very far, 
nor has her acting career. She has 
made a killing with those "home- 
made" videos, though, and exces- 
sive partying. 

I watched the first season of 
Paris Hilton's show, "The Simple 
Life," and realized that neither she, 
nor her co-star, Nicole Richie, had 
any respect or consideration for 
others, yet the two continued to 
climb the ladder of stardom. 

It's almost as if being rude, 
dense and completely tasteless is 
OK. 

I guess in order to remain in 
the spotlight, people must use what 
they've got to its fullest potential. 

The most recent - and quite 
tragic - celebrity news I have been 
interested in is the death of Heath 
Ledger. I will admit that I once 
went through a stage of complete 
infatuation with the young and 
handsome actor - especially after 
his role in "A Knight's Tale" - and 
I, along with many other girls, was 
quite disappointed with the release 
of "Brokeback Mountain." 

Nevertheless, I was pretty up- 
set upon hearing about Ledger's 
death. It's hard to imagine such a 
big star whom we've grown to know 
and love suddenly gone. 

So why do we find ourselves 
so wrapped up in the lives of ce- 
lebrities? Perhaps we feel as though 
we've come to know them because 
of all the insight the paparazzi give 
us. 

Of course, it could be that 
watching the things they do make 
our indiscretions seem not so bad, 
or maybe we just find their bizarre 
behavior so entertaining. I doubt 
we will ever stop being so fasci- 
nated. Rather, we'll just continue 
getting caught up in this alternate 
reality. 

The views expressed in this col- 
umn do not necessarily reflect those 
of The Current Sauce. 



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Letter to the Editor: 



ier de- aul Shelton 

>up ac- fhomore Liberal Arts Major 
ulty to 

brings While most of Miller Daniel's 
er and litorials are, at the least, interest- 
ie. Shi i io read, last week's "Don't tread 
is wide inn- or my sports..." was a far cry 
ourna- m a "good call." 

First of all, the decision to si- 
>ht wai ^ cast trie Patriots-Giants game 
nalisujis not influenced by politics. 
unan<l' in Kerry writing a letter influ- 
u-thinj lce d this decision? I think not. 

It was NFL Network waking 
! land realizing that the game was 



i ling to be one of the most memo- 

t^kle games in NFL history as the 
^itriots went for perfection. 
NFL Network was not acces- 
■ He to a vast majority of people 
i ith cable, so the most reasonable 
¥ vision was to simulcast the game, 
lad they not, it would have been 
k of the most selfish, money- 
l ' ler ingry decisions in NFL history. 

Second, while I disagree with 
statement that everyone was 
stana baseball fan back in 1998, 1 agree 
' ' >' m 8hat the home run record chase 
McGwire and Sosa saved base- 
However, that chase as well as 
nds' chase a few years later, and 
past two decades of baseball are 
w forever tainted because of the 
roid controversy. 
Controversies in sports are not 
actly rare. Even Maris' record has 
n contested because Maris did 
t break the record in the same 
ount of regular season games as 
be Ruth, who originally set the 
rord. 

Most important, though, I 
' " nl imld suggest that you stick to 
hat you know a little bit about 



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(sports) and give up trying to talk 
about politics, about which you ap- 
parently know a lot less. 

By trying to equate the Mitch- 
ell investigation with Senator Joe 
McCarthy's calling out government 
officials, military leaders, the Dem- 
ocratic Party and ACLU, you sound 
like a fool. 

Mitchell's report, if you actual- 
ly read it, actually has evidence and 
documentation to back up many 
(not all) of his claims. McCarthy, 
on the other hand, had absolutely 
nothing concrete to base his claims 
on, which is why he was censured 
and condemned by his fellow Sena- 
tors in 1954. 

As for Roger Clemens, he is 
NOT a Hall of Famer because he 
never let a player "beat" him. Lots 
of pitchers have that attitude about 
getting "beat," but few of them have 
performed anywhere near the way 
Clemens has. While he was argu- 
ably a Hall of Famer before he al- 
legedly took steroids, if it is ever 
proven that he juiced at any point 
in his career, then Clemens, like 
McGwire, will never (and in my 
opinion, should never) reach Coo- 
perstown. 

Neither you nor sports are be- 
ing treaded on, Mr. Daniel, but your 
editorial treads all over sensibility 
and reason. I hope parts two and 
three are better. 

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umn do not necessarily reflect those 
of The Current Sauce. 

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to the editor please send it to one of 
the following: 

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Gettingto the core 
of 'authenticity' 



Aaron Pizani 

Senior General Studies Major 
Guest Columnist 

A few weeks 
ago I watched 
an episode of a 
show on the His- 
tory Channel called 
"The Universe." 

The program said that the 
Earth does not actually revolve 
around the Sun. The Earth and the 
Sun both revolve around an invis- 
ible point in the center of our solar 
system. 

The program explained it in 
terms of a seesaw. Because the Sun 
has so much gravity and the Earth 
has relatively little gravity, the cen- 
ter of the seesaw has to be close to 
the Sun to even out the two forces. 

This "invisible point" is almost 
in the Sun. If it wasn't, the Earth 
would fly into the Sun, or the Sun 
would waltz right up to our planet 
and set us ablaze. 

I am sure there is a lot of scien- 
tific, mathematical physics stuff be- 
hind it that I don't understand, but 
that is basically what the program 
said. 

I freaked out. My whole life has 
been a lie. Technically we don't re- 
volve around the Sun although we 
technically do. Both the Sun and 
our sibling planets revolve around 
an invisible point that just so hap- 
pens to be so close to the Sun. 

I still have not recovered from 
this. The feeling is like finding out, 
after billions of years, you were ac- 
tually adopted and the Sun is not 
your real daddy. Except that it is, 
but isn't at the same time because 
of some physical law. Are you con- 
fused? I sure as heck am. 

What is true? It's hard to trust 
the truth because the truth can 
sometimes be so false. We revolve 
around the Sun and we don't at the 
same time. 

Here is another example: If a 
guy living in China with the last 
name Ming makes a vase, is it a 
Ming vase? Yes, it is. No, it isn't. 
It is true that it is a vase made by 
Ming and comes from China, but it 
isn't an authentic Ming Vase made 
in China during the Ming dynasty. 

I say all of this and hope you've 
read this far to get to the point that 
it doesn't matter what is "true" but 



what is "authentic." 

The most important authentic- 
ity is the kind that you find in peo- 
ple. It is something we all deal with. 
We are all so complex and we all 
have had so many different experi- 
ences that it is hard to really know 
anyone on an authentic level. 

It makes you wonder what our 
relationships with other people 
would be like if we stopped pre- 
tending to be one kind of person 
and just be ourselves, fully. That 
one kind of person you pretend to 
be might really be you, but it is only 
one part of you. It's true, but not 
authentic. 

If I told you that, yes, I do ac- 
tually like the Spice Girls and find 
some kind of genius in how enter- 
taining they are, then I would be 
being myself. There are plenty of 
reasons for someone to hide the 
fact that they like the Spice Girls, 
and in the '90s I did hide it, but here 
I am, being myself, and telling you 
that I like them. 

It's true, but can you paint 
some authentic picture of who I am 
by my taste in entertainment? We 
make these kinds of judgments all 
the time, though. 

But I don't think it is entirely 
other people's faults for judging us 
on so little information. 

Sometimes we like to give peo- 
ple very little information about 
ourselves to make it easier to judge 
us. Some people come across as 
having one-dimensional personali- 
ties because that's all they want to 
show. 

So we should not strive to just 
"be yourself" but rather "be all of 
yourself." It is OK to be contradic- 
tory. It does not make you schizo- 
phrenic and it should not confuse 
people. It just means you are a hu- 
man being that is a little more com- 
plex than the stereotyped casts of 
the Real World. You are authentic 
and unedited. 

So you can either sit in the Sun 
and let the Sun take all the glory 
for being the center of the solar 
system, or you can step out, be au- 
thentic, and say "Hey, I'm the invis- 
ible point that everything revolves 
around and, by the way, Ginger is 
my favorite Spice Girl." 

The views expressed in this col- 
umn do not necessarily reflect those 
of The Current Sauce. 



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Although NSU 
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pot for people of all 
ages, backgrounds 
and tastes, every- 
one can relate to 
one of college students' favorite 
pastimes: Dating. Yes, we've dis- 
cussed it before, but it is a topic 
that can continuously be examined 
by different people from different 
angles in hopes to enlighten, or if 
nothing else, entertain audiences. 
So please, bear with me. 

Natchitoches, at first glance, 
appears to be a quaint and charm- 
ing city — the kind of place writ- 
ten about in sappy romance novels. 
With its enchanting brick streets, 
glowing lampposts and meander- 
ing river, it would seem that find- 
ing romance in this town would be 
as easy as pie. Dating in Natchi- 
toches, however, is more like being 
a contender on "American Gladia- 
tors." 

There are many dangerous ob- 
stacles in the field of "Natchitoches 
dating," one of them being privacy. 
Once in my younger years, I agreed 
to go out with a handsome and ap- 
parently well-known athlete. While 
I cut him slack for taking me to the 
oh-so-romantic, peanut shell-cov- 
ered Trail Boss Steakhouse, I could 
not deal with the 15 other people 
that decided to join our dinner. It 
seemed as though my date had 
turned out to be more infamous 
than I had anticipated. 

Although Mr. Popular and I 
never went out again, I heard about 
it for weeks through the gossip 
chain. Natchitoches does not offer 
much in the way of discrete dating. 
In fact, it seems as though nowhere 
in a 60-mile radius offers that secu- 
rity. 

In the ever-changing world of 
technology, it was only a matter of 
time before the tools of the future 
arrived on the Natchitoches dating 
scene. Text messaging has quickly 
become a new way to communi- 
cate with a person of interest in a 
non-threatening manner. In other 
words, it's a new cop-out for a guy 
to avoid calling a girl. 

Embarrassingly enough, I 
spent $88 in text messaging re- 
cently. Foolishly, I thought I would 
secure a date with a guy who was 



incapable of actually picking up 
the phone and calling me. What 
is it about Natchitoches that has 
made this method of communica- 
tion acceptable? This is the South. 
Guys are supposed to call girls, not 
text until thumbs are calloused and 
phone bills are outrageous. 

Not so long ago, a friend of 
mine informed me that she "met 
a guy." The fellow quickly earned 
points with my friend and the ap- 
proval of all, as he cooked gourmet 
meals for her (and her friends), 
called her daily and showered her 
with affection. Out of nowhere, Mr. 
Wonderful turned into a magician 
- and performed a disappearing 
act. No calls, no texts and no more 
free leftovers for me. After specula- 
tion of his hospitalization, a broken 
phone or some other unfortunate 
event, the benefit of the doubt for 
the young man ran out. My friend 
was left empty-handed, wondering 
what the heck went wrong. After 
this event, I notified scientific of- 
ficials that Natchitoches evidently 
houses one of the universe's largest 
and most mysterious black holes. 

Once, I was lucky enough to 
make it past the awkward and triv- 
ial early stages of dating in Natchi- 
toches. I found myself in a com- 
mitted relationship, enjoying all the 
charm and flavor of the city with 
my boyfriend. As with most rela- 
tionships, there comes a time for 
people to go their separate ways, as 
we did. Or tried to anyway. 

As expected after breakups, 
there are always uncomfortable and 
tricky situations waiting to happen, 
in this case, literally around the cor- 
ner. Natchitoches prides itself on 
small town appeal, however, pos- 
sibly running into a former flame 
at any given moment can and will 
destroy a person's comfort zone. 

Perhaps I am running the risk 
of airing too much of my own dirty 
laundry in this column. On the 
other hand, maybe I'm doing my- 
self a favor by ensuring that no one 
in the city of Natchitoches will ever 
ask me out again. 

Either way, let me conclude by 
reminding you, dear readers, that 
we are all adults, whether we like 
it or not. Although we may not be 
too old for the thrill of the chase, 
we should be old enough to know 
what to do with the catch. 

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Give sports liberty or give 
sports death... 

There is a huge dispute going 
on between the NFL and cable car- 
riers over pricing, and most won't 
carry the NFL Network. 

The NFL Network caved to 
pressure from politicians to simul- 
taneously cast the final game of the 
regular season between the New 
England Patriots and New York Gi- 
ants on CBS and NBC. 

And yes, Paul Shelton, it 
was ALL about politics. The NFL 
wouldn't have "woken up" had they 
not had pressure from politicians 
threatening another infamous 
hearing. 

John Kerry is an elitist neo-so- 
cialist who thinks that he can dic- 
tate what private businesses should 
and shouldn't do. 

Don't think that just because 
I'm a sports guy that that's all I 
know. I'm not an ignorant man who 
sits in an easy chair, drinking beer 
and watching Sportscenter all day, 
I'm smarter than that. 

The NFL is worried about mon- 
ey, and money is what they wanted. 
If not for the eleventh-hour agree- 
ment because of the pressure, then 
the NFL may have had the proper 
leverage to get their network car- 
ried by major cable supporters. 

And why is that? Because fans, 
upset at not being able to see his- 
tory, would have demanded change 
from cable networks or the NFL, 
and one would have to bend to it. 

Let me explain something 
about politicians. Congressmen 
know as much about football - and 
the complicated multimillion-dol- 
lar contracts that go with them - as 
much as I know about marine mi- 
crobiology. 

It's true that the NFL is prob- 
ably pinching pennies in an effort 
to have more control over creative 
content and keep some of their tele- 
vision revenues from their brand. 

If the NFL really can't come to 
terms with large cable networks, 
then the natural order of things will 
happen. 

The NFL Network will die out 
and the NFL will move on from 
there and never make the same 
mistake twice. 

This is the way businesses 
move. The NFL is attempting to 
use a little vertical integration to 
cut costs and make money. 

Sure, they're probably getting 
greedy by trying to charge the same 
as ESPN for a network with a frac- 
tion of the original content, but 
that's their problem. 

Sure, the Patriots-Giants made 
for an historic game. 

The Patriots' victory marked 
the first time a team finished a 17- 
game NFL regular season. It was a 
great game to watch as the Giants 
put up a superb effort. 

I'm not so much defending the 
NFL, because I think they're getting 
greedy. Think of it more as railing 
against politicians who overstep 
their boundaries 

Would the country have 
stopped had the game not been 
seen by some people? 

I love football as much as the 
next person, but you can't say that 
that one single game would have al- 
tered the course of human events, 
can you? 

I know it's hard to believe 
coming from me, but in this age of 
WMDs, big oil, tobacco legislation 
and hate crimes, does a football 
game matter that much? 

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Late rally not enough as NSU falls 91-82, Lamar tops 




Nancy Giffin 

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Lamar University held off a late 
NSU rally after cooling off a hot 
shooting first half by the Demons 
to win 91-82 Saturday afternoon in 
Prather Coliseum. 

With all of the momentum 
changes, turnovers, ties, and of- 
fensive runs on Saturday's game 
against Lamar, it felt as if both 
teams were battling an epic scene 
in a war movie. 

Both teams battled hard, and 
after the back and forth changes 
with the lead, Lamar managed 
to capitalize late in the game and 
come out victorious. 

Within the first few seconds of 
the game, Lamar broke away with 
seven unanswered points after a 
long 5-5 tie. 

The Demons brought the mo- 
mentum back on their side after a 
great offensive possession that re- 
sulted from a steal and turnover, 
and they led until 7:20 in the first 
half. Another change in the lead 



came after a missed 3-pointer by 
NSU and two consecutive steals by 
Lamar. 

Of course, that would not re- 
main the case for long - NSU stole 
the lead back, literally. With a steal 
to start it and two blocked shots 
following, the Demons were able 
to regain the lead for a short while, 
but fell behind 50-47 in the half. 

The reoccurring theme be- 
came momentum changes, and 
that represents exactly how things 
continued at the start of the second 
half. 

A few poor defensive efforts by 
NSU for offensive rebounds allowed 
Lamar to shoot their way into a 14 
point lead, but that wouldn't last 
long. 

Inevitably, the Demons clawed 
their way back to a one possession 
game at 82-85 with 2:14 on the 
clock, but was unable to make up 
the point deficit. 

The Demons will square off 
against Nicholls State Thursday 
night at 7 p.m. in Prather Colise- 
um. 





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The Southland Conference 
Fall 2007 Academic Honor Roll 
featured 64 Demon athletes. NSU 
had 31 football representatives, 21 
women's soccer players, 8 cross 
country runners and 4 volleyball 
players on the list. 

NSU placed more athletes on 
the list than every other school in 
the conference besides the 70 Mc- 
Neese State representatives. 

In order to qualify for the Cap- 
itol One SLC Honor Roll, student 
athletes must maintain a 3.0 GPA 
while their sports are in season. 

Julie Lessiter played a signifi- 
cant role in helping the Athletics 
Department achieve such a high 
level of success in the classroom, 
according to Athletic Director Greg 
Burke. 

Lessiter will be moving to 
Shreveport to pursue a new career 
goal outside of athletics. 

"She's been so good for our de- 
partment on a number of different 
levels. As the Senior Women's Ad- 
ministrator, she's been very effec- 
tive and she has been a great rep- 
resentative of Northwestern to the 
rest of the Conference," Burke said. 

"The athletes and a lot of other 
people play a part, but I think that a 
lot of this success has to go back to 
Julie." 

At other schools in the South- 
land Conference, as many as four 





people do the job that Julie 
forms for the Athletic Departraei 

For nine years, Lessiter 
been responsible for ensuring 
all 350 athletes are taking - 
passing - the classes that they 
need to be eligible to compete 
the field and ultimately earn th 
degrees. 

Lessiter was recruited fn 
Southampton, England to play ti 
nis for NSU when she was only 
years old. 

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Demon, Lessiter was also named 
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sia Patzer. "She understood what 
was like to be an international stj 
dent and we knew she was alwa| 
there for us and that she always 
be." 

"We have experienced a lotj 
academic success in our progn 
and we feel that she was a big 
of that," head soccer coach JirrJp 
Mitchell said 

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athletes have benefited from Jul 
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Cane's comes to Keyser 



Kera Simon 

Editor-in-Chief 

Natchitoches 
plans to add Rais- 
ing Cane's to its 
fast food menu, 
but no definite 
dates have been 
set for the com- 
pletion of the 
project because 
initial approvals 
must be met be- 
fore construction can begin. 

The old Goodyear site on Key- 
ser Avenue was divided into two 
parcels and has been approved 
for construction, according to the 
Natchitoches Planning and Zoning 
Department director, Juanita Fowl- 
er, but now that the old building 
has been torn down, construction 
is stalled. 

The development company in 
charge of the project, Royal Seal 
Development, must get approval 
from the Louisiana Department of 
Transportation for the entrances 
and exits. Royal Seal Development 
is currently hosting engineering 
studies to report the new business' 




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effect on Keyser Avenue traffic. 

Sam Pascal, architectural and 
engineering coordinator of Royal 
Seal De- 
velop- 
m e n t , 
said the 
study 
should 
be com- 
pleted by 
the end 
of this 
week and 
will be submitted for approval. 

"We're excited to work in a 
community like Natchitoches," Pas- 
cal said. "We were warmly received 
by everyone there in the city." 

Students are also looking for- 
ward to adding Canes to their 
menu. 

Ericka Rush, senior business 
administration major, said she used 
to stay at the original Baton Rouge 
Raising Canes until 3 a.m. when 
she lived in New Orleans. She loves 
it. 

"We always need more food 
on the go...something quick," Rush 
said. 

Junior biology major Gavin 



Montgomery said Natchitoches al- 
ready has enough fast food, but he 
is excited to have a Raising Canes. 

Both Rush and Montgomery 
agreed that the Natchitoches din- 
ing market is relatively small. Rush 
brought up how it might be hard 
for a food chain to break into the 
Natchitoches community. 

"Natchitoches doesn't re- 
ally have a big enough population 
to support a large national food 
chain, but a smaller regional one 
[like Raising Canes] may do better," 
Rush said. 

The location of the new Raising 
Canes also adds to its appeal. Andre 
Vige, a senior general studies ma- 
jor who works at the Natchitoches 
Regional Medical Center, said the 
location is well-suited for hospital 
workers and patients' families. 

The two properties created 
from the old Goodyear site will be 
home to Raising Canes and another 
food chain. 

Negotiations are still under- 
way for the second property, Mayor 
Wayne McCullen said. 

Pascal said there are a number 
of businesses interested in develop- 
ing in Natchitoches. 



Spring enrollment falls further, 
but officials' outlook optimistic 



New entry requirements, Hurricane Katrina, economy to blame for decline 

David Royal 

Staff Reporter 



For the third year in row, en- 
rollment at NSU has decreased. The 
decline in enrollment is a result of 
multiple problems, including a de- 
crease in high school graduates and 
a struggling economy, but NSU of- 
ficials expect the drop to level off in 
coming years. 

Official numbers for this se- 
mester have not yet been released, 
but Vice President of Academic and 
Student Affairs Thomas Hanson 
said NSU's enrollment is expect- 
ed to have dropped by about 150 
students since this time last year, 
which would put NSU's attendance 
at around 8,540 students. 

The estimates are in part based 
on the Louisiana Board of Regents' 
archive of NSU enrollment statis- 
tics over the last 13 years, which 
show that NSU has lost about 2,000 
students since the fall of 2004. 

Hanson acknowledged that a 
decline in student enrollment is "al- 
ways a concern" to the NSU faculty, 



but said the drop in students was 
anticipated. 

Hanson further explained that 
NSU is not the only university in 
Louisiana experiencing an enroll- 
ment drop. 

Four-year institutions across 
the state are trying to rebound from 
decreasing numbers of students, 
which Hanson said could also be 
attributed to Hurricanes Katrina 
and Rita. 

According to the State Servic- 
es Organization Library, Louisiana 
lost at least five percent of its popu- 
lation after both hurricanes hit. 

Hanson believes, however, that 
the primary reason for the enroll- 
ment issue is stricter admission 
requirements introduced by the 
Board of Regents in 2005, which re- 
quire a 2.0 cumulative high school 
G PA or a score of 20 on the ACT. 

In order to reverse the decline 
in students, NSU has put into prac- 
tice a more aggressive marketing 
and recruiting plan to attract new 
students and has recentiy institut- 
ed a new program called the Con- 



tinuum for All Louisiana Learners 
(CALL) to attract students with 
prior educational experience. 

Acting Vice President of Tech- 
nology, Research, and Economic 
Development Darlene Williams 
helps coordinate the CALL pro- 
gram and said the program began 
in the fall of 2006 and allows stu- 
dents with partially-completed de- 
grees to return to NSU and earn 
their degree through four or eight 
week sessions. 

Carl Henry III, the director of 
the CALL program, described the 
program as "convenient and flex- 
ible." 

The CALL program, which 
enrolled about 170 students in its 
first semester and 191 students so 
far this spring, has contributed to 
NSU's efforts to increase student 
enrollment. 

Because NSU has retained 
more students this year, Hanson 
views this semester as a "good sign" 
of progress and expects student en- 
rollment to level off within the next 
few years. 



LSC to select assistant director 



Corey Poole 

Sauce Reporter 

The Louisiana Scholars' Col- 
lege has been searching for an as- 
sistant director since recruiting 
was moved from an internal affair 
to the main recruiting office on 
campus. The administration hopes 
that filling this position will help 
the college to grow. 

Candidates for the position 
gave lectures on Friday and Tues- 
day. 

"The position is too demand- 
ing for [T. Davina McClain] to han- 
dle," said English professor Holly 
Stave, referring to the director of 
the Scholars' College. 

"There hasn't been an assistant 
director here for 10 years now," 
Stave said 

Each candidate must hold a 
meet and greet, give a lecture and 
teach a class. The point of each of 
these is to give everyone at the col- 
lege a chance to get a feel for each 
candidate, allowing student de- 
mocracy to help choose the best 
person for the job. The application 
requirement of teaching a class is in 
place because whoever gets the job 
will be required to teach classes as 
part of their position. 

The first candidate to speak 
was Michael K. Cundall, Jr. 

He is currently the assistant 



dean of the honors college at Ar- 
kansas State University in Jones- 
borough. 

Cundall applied for the posi- 
tion because he felt the structure 
of the programming was nice and 
he would be more likely to fulfill his 
career goals in Natchitoches. 

"I like that the college is geared 
more towards writing and learning 
how to write and speak effectively," 
Cundall said. 

His research involves the per- 
ception of racist and ethnic humor 
within social groups. His lecture, 
"Toward a Better Understanding of 
Racist, Ethnic, and Sexist Humor," 
was presented to faculty and staff. 

In the lecture, he described hu- 
mor as a powerful rhetorical tool, 
a tension easer and something to 
bring people together and make a 
bad day better. 

However, such humor is not al- 
ways used for good; it can also hurt 
and ostracize people. He described 
the term "blason populaire," or ra- 
cial slur, as something that causes 
stereotypes. 

"Humor is also used as a 'gloss' 
that helps people who don't want 
to deal with uncomfortable issues," 
Cundall said. "Humor can also be a 
vehicle of intimacy or a way to keep 
people interacting." 

"He was good," said Megan Au- 
thement, a freshman at the Schol- 



ars' College. "There are some very 
offensive jokes out there, and I 
think he was right about that, but 
sometimes there are those jokes 
that occur between friends that are 
nothing more than friendly banter." 

Clay Motley, the second can- 
didate, compared scenes from the 
1970s movie "Rocky" with the 19th 
century idea of the "self-made man." 
He gave historical background on 
the 19th century, the Industrial 
Revolution and the evolution of 
sports like boxing and bodybuild- 
ing. 

Motley was excited about the 
response he received at his lecture, 
as the room was full of avid listen- 
ers whom he involved with ques- 
tions. He was happy that it was 
not a situation of "four people who 
have to be there." 

"The Louisiana Scholars' Col- 
lege is very impressive," Motiey 
said. "I'd love to be involved in a 
program that captures honors edu- 
cation." 

The final candidate, Valerie 
Burks, will be visiting the college 
Thursday. At 1 1 a.m., she will lecture 
on "Individuality in Dark Times." 
There will be a meet and greet at 2 
p.m. in the student lounge, and stu- 
dents are encouraged to attend and 
speak with her. She will hold a faux 
class to show the faculty what she is 
capable of as a teacher at 3 p.m. 




Photo by Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

Last year's Lady of the Bracelet, Corina Harwood, crowns the 
2008 winner, Mandi Ridgdell, on Friday. See page 3 for story. 



Graduation Preparation 



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Photo by Brittany Byrd/Current Sauce 

Above: GradFest was held in the Student Union Ballroom on 
Tuesday. Joey Fasullo, of Candid Campus Photography, assisted 
senior business administration major, Toni McVey, in posing 
for her graduation photograph. GradFest is a one-stop shop for 
seniors, providing an opportunity to purchase caps and gowns, 
class rings and invitations all in one location. 




Photo by Leigh Gentry/Current Sauce 

Above: Graduating seniors line up to take free pictures with 
Candid Campus Photo. Various NSU groups and offices were 
available for consultation during "Grad Fest." The Offices of 
Financial Aid and Registration were also present to answer stu- 
dents' questions and help order transcripts for mailing in May. 




Photo by Miller Daniel/Current Sauce 

Marquis Montgomery (left), senior CIS major discusses oppor- 
tunities with a Wal-Mart recruiter at the Career Fair Tuesday. 





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12:19 a.m.- Residential Life 
requests the removal of a black 
male from Boozman Hall. 

12:27 a.m.- Black male told to 
leave campus and warned not 
to return. 

12:43 a.m.- Black male shows 
up at Varnado Hall. 

1:42 a.m.- Black male dropped 
off at Natchitoches Parish 
Detention Center. 



2:10 p.m.- Car hits fence near 
Kappa Sigma house. 

8:30 p.m.- Red River man 



arrives at police station to 
fix paper dispenser, unable 
because he did not have the 
key. 



9:07 p.m.- Student calls to 
report possible disturbance in 
or around the Student Union. 

9:08 p.m.- Students were just 
leaving a meeting. 



11:19 a.m.- Report filed on 
missing property in the Fine 
Arts building. 

2:32 p.m.- Stolen laptop 
reported in Teacher Education 
Center. 



8:38 p.m.- Student calls to 
report her boyfriend refusing 
to leave her apartment at 
University Columns. 

8:55 p.m.- Black male and 
black female involved in 
altercation, charged with 
assault. 

9:05 p.m.- Charges upgrades 
to aggravated assault, knives 
found. 



9:42 a.m.- Tree falls on cars at 
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African lecturer discusses role of women 




Photo courtesy of NSU News Bureau 

Joyce Mpanga came to NSU from Uganda, Africa, to lecture. 



Leigh Gentry 

Associate Editor/Life Editor 

African women's rights leader 
Joyce Mpanga presented her lec- 
ture "Education, Social and Po- 
litical Issues that Affect Women in 
Uganda" at NSU on Monday, Feb. 
11, thanks to the efforts of the SGA, 
the Louisiana Scholars' College and 
the NSU School of Social Sciences. 

Mpanga began with an over- 
view of Uganda, giving basic facts 
and statistics about size, popula- 
tion and social issues. 

The bulk of her lecture was the 
discussion of Uganda's history and 
the role women have traditionally 
played. 

"I'm going to take you right 
back to pre-colonial times, because 
that's what shaped what we have 
today," Mpanga said in her lecture. 

She discussed the patriarchal 
society of Uganda that has existed 
since pre-colonial times and its ef- 
fect on the women of the country. 

"They [British colonists] made 
treaties with the men, because the 
women were ignored," she said. 



This treatment of women did 
not end in colonial times; Mpanga 
grew up in this type of society long 
after the colonists were gone. Her 
grandfather once told her it was a 
shame that she was not born male, 
because she was so clever. 

"From the very beginning, so- 
cialization tells me it is a pity I was 
born a woman," she said. 

Mpanga discussed the efforts 
that she and others in her country 
have made to change this way of 
thinking. They helped compose a 
gender-sensitive constitution that 
gave protection to women and 
those with disabilities as well as 
making education a right rather 
than a privilege. 

Now at least one- third of 
the local government offices in 
Uganda must be held by women 
and a Ugandan can define his or 
her citizenship by either his father 
or mother; previously, it could be 
done only through the father. 

SGA President Shayne Creppel 
thought a women's rights lecturer 
would fit well with the current po- 
litical climate in America. 



"I thought it'd be important, 
especially being so close to the pos- 
sibility of having a woman presi- 
dent, to tie into current events for 
the students," Creppel said. 

Mpanga serves as Uganda's 
Chairperson for the Non-Govern- 
mental Organization Board and is 
also an appointed member of the 
Board for Evaluation of External 
Support. 

She helped set up the State De- 
partment of Gender and Commu- 
nity Development in Rwanda and 
was a member of the delegation 
that prepared the recent treaty to 
set up the Legislative Assembly for 
east African countries. 

"She has been instrumental 
to women's rights there [Uganda]," 
Creppel said. 

Carl Bales, a freshman at the 
Scholars' College, said he thought 
the speech provided an interesting 
look at African culture from some- 
one from a different part of the 
world. 

Mpanga lectures around the 
United States, but this was only her 
second time in Louisiana. 



Senior class advocates for Drug Awareness Week 



Shelita Dalton 

Staff Reporter 

The Louisiana Scholars' Col- 
lege Senior Colloquium class plans 
to donate to a drug rehabilitation 
program and spend a week educat- 
ing students about the dangers of 
drug use as part of a required ser- 
vice project. 

Professor Rondo Keele teaches 
the two-semester capstone semi- 
nar, but the students ultimately 
made all of the decisions concern- 
ing this endeavor. 

The class has already planned 



several activities for Drug Aware- 
ness Week, which will take place 
during the first week of March in 
the Friedman Student Union lob- 
by. 

The class will hire a speaker to 
discuss drug awareness with stu- 
dents in the Student Union ball- 
room on March 6 and invite fellow 
students to watch a film in Morri- 
son Hall on March 5. 

Students will volunteer at this 
year's annual NSU Health Fest on 
April 17 in Prather Coliseum. 

"We will be giving presenta- 
tions and information out on drugs 



and how to get help," said senior 
liberal arts major Robert Aberna- 
thy, the Liaison/Facilities Commit- 
tee Chair. 

The class will prepare , simi- 
lar presentations for Keele's eth- 
ics class. Students may also give 
presentations on March 4, 5 and 6 
from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fried- 
man Student Union lobby. 

The class recently joined with 
Pizza Hut to raise money for their 
project. 

"Students were servers and 
got to close and do the dirty work," 
said senior journalism major Corey 



Poole. 

On Thursday night, the stu- 
dents were so busy that they end- 
ed up making pizza and pressing 
dough, but the night was success- 
ful. The class ended up with about 
$200 in tips alone, Poole said. 

"I think the fundraiser went 
pretty well," Abernathy said. 

Several people attended the 
function to support NSU. 

"There were a lot of teachers 
who showed up," said Poole. "I was 
surprised." 

The class also held a bake sale 
on Wednesday in Kyser Hall. The 



proceeds from these fundraisers 
will aid the students in promoting 
drug prevention awareness. 

However, not all of the money 
will go towards Drug Awareness 
Week. 

"Some of the money will go to- 
wards buying supplies for our Drug 
Awareness Week activities, some 
will go to a drug awareness pro- 
gram," Poole said. 

The class has also decided to 
set aside some of the raised money 
and donate it to Chelsea Umbach, 
an alumna who is awaiting a heart 
and double-lung transplant. 



Students travel 
with a purpose 



Leigh Gentry 

Associate Editor/Life Editor 

NSU students have been ac- 
cepted to participate in summer 
study programs offered by Interna- 
tional Student Volunteers, Inc. 

International Student Volun- 
teers, Inc. (ISV) recently came to 
NSU to recruit participants in their 
many summer projects. ISV is a 
"non-profit benefit corporation in 
the U.S.A. offering unique four- 
week Volunteer and Adventure 
Tour Programs around the globe," 
according to the ISV brochure 
handed out on campus. 

The standard program consists 
of two weeks of volunteer work fol- 
lowed by two weeks of adventure 
touring, and participants can raise 
money within their communities to 
offset the costs of the program. 

Sophomore liberal arts major 
Krysta Engel heard of the program 
when a "crazy girl came into [her] 
Spanish class." Advocates for the 
ISV program gave quick speeches 
in classes to announce the informa- 
tional meetings that took place all 
day at NSU. 

Engel will travel to New Zea- 
land to conduct environmental 
research on the local flora in May 
2008. She chose New Zealand from 
the list of six countries because she 
thinks it is beautiful - and as she is 
from Illinois, she is not a fan of hot 
weather. 

She is most interested in the 
volunteer aspect of the trip, which 
she learned earlier this semester 
when she worked with Natchi- 
toches Habitat for Humanity. 

ISV offers programs in Costa 
Rica, Thailand, Dominican Repub- 
lic, Ecuador, Australia and New 
Zealand. Participants can work in 
either conservation or community 
development. 

Students may receive aca- 
demic credit for their work around 
the world if participants complete 
group discussions, record observa- 
tions in a journal and submit a final 



paper on the volunteer project. 

Sophomore social studies edu- 
cation major Christian LeBlanc has 
also been accepted to the program 
and will be going to Australia to 
work on nature trail construction 
this summer. 

LeBlanc chose to go to Austra- 
lia, because he is not yet comfort- 
able with getting involved with a 
community. Instead, he wanted to 
work on a conservation project. In 
fact, his top three program choices 
were conservation projects. 

However, LeBlanc might 
choose a community project for his 
second trip overseas. 

"[This] sounds like something I 
want to do more than once," LeB- 
lanc said. 

He also hopes to see kangaroos 
while in Australia. 

In Costa Rica, participants 
would work in sea turtle conser- 
vation, wildlife surveying, organic 
farming and native tree planting. 
They can also teach English or par- 
ticipate in home and community 
building. 

The program in Thailand con- 
sists of animal welfare and care, 
light construction for the com- 
munity and teaching English in 
schools. 

ISV offers a chance to teach 
environmental education programs 
for rural children or work with re- 
forestation in Amazon and Cloud 
Forest reserves and bear habitat 
restoration in Ecuador. 

Australia's program offers en- 
vironmental survey and land reha- 
bilitation projects, Australian wild- 
life sanctuary proje . ts, nature trail 
construction, tree planting and 
fence building. 

In New Zealand, students may 
work in habitat restoration and trail 
maintenance, scientific research 
and environmental education pro- 
grams, seed collection and native 
tree planting. 

ISV offers winter programs as 
well. More information on ISV is 
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Photo by Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

2007 Lady of the Bracelet Corina Harwood bestows the bracelet onto the winner of the 2008 pageant Mandi Ridgdell. 



Lauren Rachal 

Sauce Reporter 

Senior theatre major Mandi 
Ridgdell was named first runner- 
up when she competed in the Lady 
of the Bracelet pageant two years 
ago, but this year, she brought it all 
home. 

Along with the Miss North- 
western title, she won the evening 
gown, talent and People's Choice 
categories of the competition. 

LOB is a scholarship program 
for female contestants who exhibit 
excellence in interview, swimsuit, 
evening wear and talent categories 
at the pageant. 

The winner is not only awarded 
the title of Miss Northwestern, but 
also a full scholarship for one year, 
as well as money for a meal plan 
and textbooks. 

Ridgdell won the crown - and 



bracelet - at Friday's pageant. 

"It was a dream come true," 
Ridgdell said. 

As Miss LOB, Ridgdell will 
move on to compete in the Miss 
Louisiana Pageant, which is a pre- 
liminary to the Miss America Pag- 
eant. 

During her reign here on cam- 
pus, Ridgdell hopes to get the cam- 
pus more involved with the Chil- 
dren's Miracle Network (CMN), 
which is the platform for the Na- 
tional Miss America Organization. 
Along with CMN, Ridgdell's per- 
sonal platform is Push America. 

This year's pageant was slightly 
different because there were fewer 
contestants. Last year's pageant 
consisted of nine girls; this year 
there were only six. 

"I don't think people realize 
how much scholarship money goes 
to the winners," said Ridgdell. "It's 



really sad that all these ladies don't 
even care and don't want to com- 
pete." 

Freshman hospitality manage- 
ment and tourism major, Nichole 
Rogerson, who was a first-time 
contestant, won the prize for first 
runner-up. 

"When they called my name, I 
was shocked," said Rogerson. "I re- 
ally didn't expect to place at all." 

Ridgdell and Rogerson are 
both members of Alpha Omicron 
Pi sorority. 

"We're not as big as Phi Mu or 
Tri Sigma, so it will show people 
that AOII really does have some 
awesome girls," Rogerson said. 

The judges chose Carlee Mc- 
Cord as second runner-up, and 
sophomore biology major Sara 
Mayeux was chosen by her fellow 
contestants as Miss Congeniality. 

In preparation for the pageant, 




many of the contestants went on a 
strict diet and spent several hours 
at the gym each day. 

The experience and invest- 
ments were well worth it, Rogerson 
said. 

In order to be ready for the big 
night, Ridgdell said she spent "a lot 
of time rehearsing my talent" and 
"making sure the choreography 
was just right." 

"If you want it, you have to 
know that you want it," Ridgdell 
said. "You have to show people that 
you want it." 

The NSU Jazz Orchestra, di- 
rected by associate professor of 
music Galindo Rodriguez, provid- 
ed entertainment throughout the 
show. 

The LOB Dancers performed 
jazz routines choreographed by 
Barry Stoneking between competi- 
tions. 



Photos by Chris Reich/Current San 

Top right: First runner-up Nichole Rogerson sings a Celine Dio 
song during the talent portion of the evening. 

Directly above: Sarah Mayeux performed a ballet routine to 
"Louisiana" about Hurricane Rita. Mayeux also won the aware 
for Miss Congeniality at the 2008 LOB pageant. 




Photos by Chris Reich/Current Sauce 

Above: Michaela Smith answers the question "If you were a shoe, what shoe would you be?" dur- 
ing the interview portion of the program. Smith answered that she would be a Dolce and Gab- 
bana heel, because she is "one of a kind." 

Right: Laura Burns starts of the pageant by introducing herself as contestant number three. 
Burns performed a song during her talent and ended the pageant in a white evening gown for the 
final competition. She was asked whether she would prefer to be rich from working at a job she 
hated or to be poor and happy; she chose the latter. 

Far right: Carley McCord models her swimsuit on stage during one of the three competition 
components of the pageant. McCord was chosen as second runner-up. She sang during the talent 
competition and was asked whether she would prefer a personal trainer or personal chef as her 
on stage question. She chose the personal chef, because she misses her mother's home cooking 
when she is away at school. 




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itor lssociate Editor/Life Editor 
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Acclaimed speech coach visits NSU 



Dbbie Hayes 
Irittany Byrd 

fucc Reporters 

NSU students recently had the 

opportunity to learn from one 
the most coveted - and expen- 

- speech coaches in the world. 

Michael Sheehan, who has 
iched Bill Clinton and Barack 
lama in giving speeches and de- 
prig, shared several tips on pos- 
irc and voice modulation with a 
joup ol about 100 students and 



faculty members January 31 in the 
Ora G. Williams Studio in Kyser 
Hall. 

Sheehan appeared as a guest 
speaker in Raymond Strother's 
opinion writing class and the event 
was later opened to the public and 
heavily promoted. 

As a graduate of Georgetown 
University and the Yale School of 
Drama, Sheehan has successfully 
transferred his drama expertise 
into public speaking techniques 
and political debating strategies, 




NORTHWESTERN 



Photo by Tony Pinrut 

chael Sheehan lectures during an opinion writing class. 



producing a rather lucrative niche. 
His reputation has allowed him to 
ask for more than most politicians 
can afford today, Strother said. 

Dressed in khaki pants, a blue 
sweater and a sports jacket, Shee- 
han gave a short public speaking 
workshop to student media leaders 
and members of the Student Gov- 
ernment Association before the 
main presentatio